SRAM to stage Asian meet if ASF agree to requests


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  • Thursday, 19 Feb 2004

BY S. SIVABALAN

PETALING JAYA: The Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) will host the Asian Championships if the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) can meet their three requests to help reduce the financial constraints in organising the competitions. 

Hong Kong were supposed to stage the championship in mid-April but withdrew because of the lack of sponsorship. 

The SRAM submitted their proposals to stage the championships to the ASF on Monday and the three requests were: 

  • Payment of entry fees of US$500 (RM1,900) a team by national associations; 

  • The appointment of three international referees from neighbouring countries instead of those from the Middle East; and 

  • A reduction in the amount of US$100 (RM380) in daily allowance for the tournament director and the three international referees. 

    The SRAM secretary Wong Ah Jit said: “We waived entry fees when we hosted the championships two year ago but we want to impose it this time. 

    “We expect about 16 men's team and 10 women's team and the entry fees will help reduce the financial burden to a certain extent.  

    “We have to pay for food, accommodation and logistics for the teams for an estimated 11 days of competition. 

    “We also have to pay for the airfares of the referees. So it will be cheaper to appoint those from countries closer to us,” added Ah Jit. 

    On the daily allowance for the four officials, who will also be provided with food and lodging, it will cost us US$4,400 (RM17,600). 

    “This is stiff on us and we want the ASF to allow us to decide on a reasonable amount to be paid to them.” 

    The SRAM have given the ASF until the end of the month to reply to the requests.  

    “If the ASF are agreeable to them, the SRAM will stage the championships in late June or early July,” said Ah Jit. 

    In the championships two years ago, Malaysia won three of the four titles.  

    Ong Beng Hee and Nicol David won the individual titles while the women took the team’s title. The men were the runners-up in the team event. 

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