KUALA LUMPUR: National number three Tricia Chuah will not get to train overseas until she proves that she is still good enough to represent the country in major squash tournaments.
The 21-year-old Tricia is now undergoing a rehabilitation programme to recover from a toe injury, which she aggravated during the Kuala Lumpur Open in February.
The Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia's (SRAM) executive director, Wong Ah Jit, said: “We do not know when she is going to start training again.
“But we are not going to push her. We will give her time to fully recover from her injury before she resumes training at home.
“We will ensure that she is also mentally prepared before we send her for overseas stints,” he said.
The other seniors, Sharon Wee and Nicol David, now have their training base in Amsterdam.
Ah Jit said that the SRAM would not drop Tricia from the training squad even though she had not been in training for some time.
“We see the potential in her. If she really puts her body, mind and soul into the game, she can easily get among the top 20 ranked players in the world,” he said.
Tricia, who is now ranked 60th, has opted to be a part-time national players as she pursues pre-university studies at the Help Institute.
“Based on her study schedule, she has time to play squash.
“The SRAM are ready to accommodate her requests for training sessions and we have Pakistanis coach Jamsheed Gul to train her,” said Ah Jit.
However, Ah Jit was disappointed to hear Tricia's claim that the SRAM had not made plans for her squash career.
“We have not left her in lurch even though she has opted to be a part-time player.
“We have made plans and I have been liasing with her.
“We are waiting for her to resume training after she complete the rehabilitation programme for ther injury,” he said.
Three weeks ago, Tricia said that she was interested to play for the country again but she had not heard from the SRAM. She feared her squash career was in jeopardy.
For the record, Tricia turned pro in 2000 but has yet to win a Wispa title.
Her last major win in the junior circuit was the Scottish Junior Open Under-18 in 2001.
She was also a member of the four-men team who won the Asian Team Championships gold in May last year.