PETALING JAYA: The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) may be forced to change the dates for the National Junior Championships following the poor response for the girls’ and boys’ Under-19 events.
In the just-concluded championships, only three girls competed in the event while seven players competed in the boys’ category.
Tan Yan Xin (pic), Malaysia’s number one junior, easily claimed the girls’ crown in the round-robin format.
Mohd Addeen Idrakie, the number one junior, was conspicuously missing as he was sitting for his year-end Sijil Pelajaran Malaysian (SPM) examination. In his absence, Affeeq Abedeen emerged as champion.
There was, however, good response in the other categories – the girls and boys’ Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17.
SRAM secretary general and general manager Christopher Brodie said there were plans to change the dates of the championship.
“The participation in the Under-19 categories was poor because the dates clashed with the SPM examination. Besides that, there is due a rule stating that the players must play in their own age category,” said Christopher.
“I have suggested that the next championship be held in January, starting in 2013. But not all the states are receptive to the idea. We need further discussions before it can be done,” he added.