PETALING JAYA: Low Wee Wern (pic) and Ivan Yuen have finally been given the green light to leave the country to compete in the El Gouna International Squash in Cairo, Egypt.
Wee Wern and Ivan had been waiting anxiously for their travel permit as the Immigration Department had only approved the participation of Rachel Arnold and Aifa Azman for the event from May 20-28.
But yesterday, her agonising wait ended and the 30-year-old Wee Wern was just grateful to all relevant parties – National Sports Council (NSC), Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) and Youth and Sports Ministry – for assisting her in getting the approval from the relevant authority before the Hari Raya break begins.
“I would like to thank the relevant parties for managing and sorting out my travel pass before the festivities, ” said Wee Wern.
“It is a big relief that at least we can go out and compete, ” said Wee Wern, who has not had a taste of world-class competition since February last year, ” she said.
Wee Wern has a first-round encounter against Mayar Hany of Egypt. The top two seeds in the tournament are Egyptians world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini and world No. 2 Nouran Gohar.
“It’s always an uphill battle to play an Egyptian in Egypt in the first round but I’m looking forward to getting back out there again. It’s been a while to say the least, ” added the national No. 1 player.
Wee Wern, Ivan, Rachel and Aifa will be joined by S. Sivasangari from the United States while Ng Eain Yow will travel from England.