PENANG: The return to form of Nicol David has prompted the Squash Racquets Association of Penang (SRAP) to sound their intention to host the women’s World Championship in 2005.
The SRAP’s treasurer, Danny Goon, said yesterday at a birthday party thrown for Nicol by her sponsors, Mulpha Head, that staging a tournament of such magnitude was no problem for them.
“The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) are bidding to host the championship and it will be great if they let us play hosts. It will mean that Nicol will feature in front of her home fans,” said Danny.
“We will have no problem hosting a world championship because we have the experience of staging one before.”
Penang staged the 2001 World Junior Championship at their international squash centre in Bukit Dumbar and Nicol emerged as the champion.
Ahead of a possible staging of the World Championship, the SRAP also hope to organise the Malaysian Open women's tournament next year.
Nicol, who turned 20 on Tuesday, signalled her return to the top flight with a runner-up finish behind England's Cassie Jackman in this year’s Malaysian Open, which was held in Kuala Lumpur last week.
“Of course it will be great if the SRAP can make it (staging the World Championship) happen. It is always a pleasure to play at home before your home fans,” Nicol said after receiving a special award from the Mulpha-Head's marketing-merchandising manager, Ng Kah Choon, for her efforts in the Malaysian Open.