KUALA LUMPUR: National number three Tricia Chuah has gone AWOL and has been dropped from the national team.
The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) president, Datuk A. Sani Karim, said that Tricia went to Amsterdam to train under Australian Liz Irving last year and she was supposed to join the national training squad last month.
“But she has not contacted us (SRAM) or NSC (National Sports Council) since her stint in Amsterdam ended on Dec 1. We are not sure whether she has returned to Malaysia or she is still overseas,” said Sani.
“She should have informed us if she is not interested in training any more ... We’ve decided to drop her from the team.”
Tricia turned professional in 2000 and she is currently ranked 29th in the world. He career best was at number 25 in January last year. In the national rankings, she is placed behind world number one Nicol David and world number 21 Sharon Wee.
Her last tournament was the Hong Kong Open last November and she lost to Nicol in the first round. She was a member of the team who finished a creditable third in the World Championships in Edmonton in 2006 and it was Malaysia’s best-ever result in the series.
He added that Tricia’s absence would not affect Malaysia’s chances of retaining the team gold in the Asian Championships in Kuwait from Feb 13-21.
“We have two other talented players in Delia (Arnold) and (Low) Wee Wern. Both players have showed improvement and we should have no problem retaining the team title,” said Sani.
Nicol, who is the overwhelming favourite to win the individual title for the sixth time, guided Malaysia to a 2-0 win over Hong Kong in the team final in Taiwan in 2006.
The men’s team also won both the individual and team titles in the last championships.
Ong Beng Hee is the defending champion and the other members of the team are Mohd Azlan Iskandar, Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Mohd Asyraf Azan.