Maniam hopeful of a golden harvest in Manila

Go four it: Addeen Idrakie and his teammates have been tasked to bring home all four golds in squash from the Philippines SEA Games in November.

KUALA LUMPUR: The national squash team are aiming for a clean sweep of all four gold medals contested at the Philippines SEA Games in Manila in November.

The team will be playing in the men’s and women’s singles, mixed doubles and mixed team event.

In this edition, there will be no men’s and women’s doubles events.

“We have targeted four golds but where possible we also hope to get three silvers, ” said Squash Racquets Association of Malay-sia director Major (Rtd) S. Maniam.

Malaysia were dominant in Kuala Lumpur two years ago where they bagged six golds out of seven events.

It was only in the men’s team that they faltered when they picked up a bronze after going down to the Philippines in the semi-finals.

“The dark horse will be the hosts but Singapore are also a decent side and our players are aware of this.

“We have learned from our past mistakes and will not let it happen again.”

The men’s team are made up of Addeen Idrakie, Ong Sai Hung, Darren Rahul Pragasam and Ryan Pasqual while the women will be led by Rachel Arnold, Chan Yiwen, Lai Wen Li and Ooi Kah Yan.

“We didn’t have selections but what we have done is that we have monitored their performances throughout the year.

“There were also other factors that we took into account and we feel that this is the team we want to bring.”

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