No one close to her yet but Nicol won’t quash hopes of a successor


Datuk Nicol David

PETALING JAYA: Former squash queen Nicol David is not fretting although there has not been any outstanding stars in the squash scene since she left a year ago.

But the eight-time world champion still has faith in Malaysian players.

She has named the top two men players Ng Eain Yow and Ivan Yuen, and the two best women Low Wee Wern and S. Sivasangari to dominate the scene for some time.

“The rest of the national team members are pushing these players but I believe Eain Yow, Ivan, Wee Wern and Sivasangari are the ones to look out for now, ” said former world No. 1 Nicol, who quit the sport last year.

Eain Yow is ranked 32 in the world followed by Ivan at 42nd while Wee Wern and Sivasangari are at the 22nd and 38th spots respectively.

There could have been stronger performances from the Malaysian players if not for the Covid-19 pandemic that had disrupted all the tournament plans.

Nicol, however, is pleased with the athletes’ creativity in keeping themselves fit and sharp even without any tournaments.

“I’m super proud... the athletes have found ways to keep on training in the best way they can. Athletes’ careers depend on their physical condition, so it’s good to see their hard work and motivation, ” she said.

As for Nicol, she has kept herself busy with her foundation.

“I have my online commitments, conferences, speaking engagements and meetings. I hope to return to Malaysia later this year and do more ground work in setting up my foundation, ” said Nicol, who is currently in Colombia, South America.

“I’m keeping myself active here and training a lot during quarantine to stay healthy and be in a good frame of mind.”

Asked whether she was keen to join Malaysia’s women in the sports committee, Nicol said: “I would love to help women in sports and get involved if there is any opportunity.

“My biggest asset is my experience, having been in Malaysia and outside of the country. I can contribute.”

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