Nicol gets full backing


KUALA LUMPUR: Nicol David is back on the court after taking a two-month break from squash. 

The 19-year-old Nicol started training in Penang last week to prepare for tournament on the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) circuit this year. 

Nicol went through rough times since the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) decided to terminate the services of her personal coach, Richard Glanfield, last last year. 

BACK IN TRAINING: Nicol David has ended a two-month break and SRAM's coaching panel will be appointing a new coach for her.

Her world ranking dropped and she failed to defend her title in the Asian Games in Busan. She then decided to take a break from the game. 

Nicol, the former world junior champion, was once ranked 16th in the world but she is now in 25th spot. 

Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, who was appointed elected as the president of the SRAM at the association's annual general meeting yesterday said that they were happy to note that Nicol had resumed training. 

“The coaching panel will have a meeting with her next week to discuss her training programmes and targets for the year,” said Mokhzani, who was the acting president for the last eight months following Datuk Nik Mohamed Din's resignation because of health reasons. 

“We will let her decide what kind of programme she wants and also the tournaments in which she will compete in the WISPA circuit.  

“The coaching panel will decide on the person to take charge of her training.” 

Mokhzani added that he had two targets to achieve as the SRAM president. 

“First to look for more funds. The money we get from our Rakan Sukan partner, YTL Corporation, is not enough to carry out our training programmes and to stage local tournaments,” he said. 

“I also want states to look for their own sponsors and not solely depend on the SRAM.” 

“Besides funding, there is disparity in standard between the seniors and juniors. States association will have to work harder on their development programmes to produce more quality junior players,” said Mokhzani. 

He also said that the SRAM would meet the National Sports Council (NSC) next week to discuss funding for training and overseas assignments.

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