PETALING JAYA: Penang squash coach Aaron Soyza is ready to put aside a riff with his brother Allan as well as his own safety to join the Malaysian team heading for the Asian Individual Champion- ships in Islamabad, Pakistan, from May 1-5.
Aaron, who is national No. 2 Low Wee Wern’s coach, was called in to replace national elite coach Peter Genever, who has opted out of the assignment a few days ago citing safety concerns.
Genever will be the second person to stay out of the meet. World No. 1 Nicol David, also citing safety concerns, also declined to compete.
And Aaron is ready to serve although he has never really seen eye to eye with elder brother Allan, who is the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director of coaching as well as the team manager for the tournament.
“I do not usually accompany the national team because I’m a state coach. But if they need me to cover all the bases then I’ll do just that,” said Aaron.
“I’m actually not that worried about the situation in Pakistan because I’ve spoken to a few of my friends who are coaches there. The danger is mostly in the outskirts, not the town area where we’re going to be.
“In fact, it’s quite stable now and there should be no problems hosting a tournament there.
“As for my working relationship with Allan, we’ve had our arguments over policies, various team criteria as well as player selections.
“But in this case, we’re both working for the same results and goals, that’s to help our players win. I’m sure we will have no problems working together,” added Aaron.
Aaron’s presence will definitely be a boost for Wee Wern, the world No. 7 who is the top seed in the women’s event.
Besides the 22-year-old Wee Wern, the other women in the team are national No. 3 Delia Arnold and Zulhijjah Azan.
Ong Beng Hee will lead the men’s team. The others are defending champion Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Mohd Asyraf Azan.