It’s the end of the World for Aifa & Co

  • Squash
  • Sunday, 05 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: Aifa Azman’s hopes of bagging her first world title has been dashed as the World Junior Squash Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, has been called off.

The world juniors this year was scheduled from July 19-29 but the World Squash Federation (WSF) and Australian organisers decided to cancel it due to Covid-19.

It is certainly a big blow to the national juniors, especially Aifa, who stands a good chance to improve on the bronze she won in the girls’ individual when Malaysia hosted the world junior meet in Kuala Lumpur last year.

“The decision is made in the best interest of Squash Australia and the WSF in light of the global situation,” said Squash Australia chief executive officer Richard Vaughan.

The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) S. Maniam said they did not expect the world junior meet to be cancelled.

“We thought it would be postponed to maybe the end of the year. We agree that it’s not the right time to organise an event in the current situation but it should’ve not been called off like that,” said Maniam.

“We will propose to WSF to reconsider the decision.”

At the world junior meet last year, Malaysia also bagged a silver medal in the girls’ team event behind Egypt.

There is thus no more major competitions for the juniors as the Asian Junior Squash Individual Championships in Quingdao, China, from June 29-July 3 has also been postponed indefinitely.

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