PETALING JAYA: Two-time gold medallist and World No. 6 Nicol David heads the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia’s (SRAM) provisional nine-player shortlist for the Commonwealth Games in April but injured world No. 5 Low Wee Wern remains doubtful.
The others on the list include world No. 45 S. Sivasangari and world No. 52 Rachel Arnold.
For the men, national No. 1 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan heads the cast and he will be joined by new national No. 2 Ng Eain Yow, national champion Ivan Yuen, Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Sanjay Singh Chal.
SRAM director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam, however, said that except for the men’s singles and doubles, the cast for the other events are not finalised yet.
“We can have three entries for singles, so I’m likely to go with Nafiizwan, Eain Yow and Ivan. Nafiizwan will also partner Ivan and Eain Yow will team up with Syafiq for the men’s doubles,” said Maniam.
“As for the women’s singles, only Nicol and Sivasangari are confirmed. We still need to see how Wee Wern progresses following her injury comeback.
“For the doubles, we are allowed two entries. So far, I’ve only confirmed Sivasangari to partner Rachel in women’s doubles.
“I’m still trying to work out the different combinations. We have a two-week doubles training camp which starts today and I want to see how they fare.
“All this is also because I don’t want to put too much pressure on Nicol to compete in the doubles.
“Ideally, she should be able to take it up. But she’s still our best bet for a gold medal and she wants to focus on singles.”
Maniam also added that no more additions will be made to the nine-player list although some on the list could yet be dropped after the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) selection meeting on Jan 8.
“The concerns we have now is Wee Wern and Ivan. We’ve yet to see how Wee Wern does after being sidelined for a year,” said Maniam.
Wee Wern is expected to make her comeback from injury next month.
“As for Ivan, he has a chest injury. He felt pain under his ribcage so we gave him some time out to sort out his health. He hasn’t played since November.”
There are five gold medals at stake at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Malaysia’s best result was a gold and bronze at the 2010 Games in New Delhi.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES SHORTLIST
Men: Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, Ng Eain Yow, Ivan Yuen, Mohd Syafiq Kamal, Sanjay Singh Chal.
Women: Nicol David, S. Sivasangari, Rachel Arnold, Low Wee Wern.