ONCE again, Nicol David has shown the rest of our Malaysian athletes and sports associations that perseverance, the right attitude, pure hard work and a desire to achieve are the ingredients to success.
She has had minimal backing from the Government but immense encouragement and support from her sports-minded parents and the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia.
It is not easy to be among the top 10 in the world in any sport. But how does one describe the achievements of Nicol who is firmly Number One in squash and has just defended her world title?
She deserves much, much more than anyone can imagine.
An acre of land? A Proton car? One million ringgit? A Datukship?
No, all this measures little when you consider the amount of hard work she has put into placing Malaysia firmly on the world map of sports.
The least the Government can do is take a page out of her book and reproduce it as a manual for all the sportsmen and sports associations, especially the Football Association of Malaysia.
And immediately grant her a life-time monthly pension of RM5,000.
I am sure she will appreciate it.
I remember the first time when a South Korean won the All-England badminton womens singles title, she was showered with gifts from everywhere but the Government gave her a monthly pension of US$250.
This was 25 years ago.
By the way, I think Nicols father, who used to be a goalkeeper for Penang, deserves recognition, too.
Keep it up, Nicol. We are all behind you.
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