KUALA LUMPUR: Being a world champion has its price. Nicol David and her family have been receiving endless phone calls and SMS congratulatory messages since she won the World Squash Open championship title in Hong Kong.
“It is beautiful the way people are responding to Nicol,” said her mother Ann Marie.
She said Nicol was especially touched by the call made by the Prime Minister, who congratulated her on her win and the hero’s welcome she received on arrival at the KL International Airport on Monday.
Ann Marie, who spoke on behalf of Nicol, said: “It is a wonderful feeling and the family is taking the attention positively. We are savouring the moment.”
She also thanked Nicol’s loyal supporters, the Government and those who helped contribute to her victory throughout her squash career.
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia secretary Wong Ah Jit said he has been receiving about 100 to 200 calls and about 50 SMSes daily.
“Everyone wanted to congratulate Nicol. While the reception was not overly elaborate, it was a true hero’s welcome,” said Wong, who organised the reception for Nicol at the airport.
The frenzy is not yet over for the squash queen, however.
She will be arriving at the Penang Airport in Bayan Lepas at 3pm today to another reception before being whisked off to the Penang International Squash Centre in Bukit Dumbar for a welcome-home session.
At 5pm, Nicol will attend a reception at Sri Mutiara, the residence of Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
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