PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 squash player Low Wee Wern is keeping her fingers crossed to be third time lucky in her bid to compete in an international tournament this year.
The 30-year-old is planning to participate in one of the Professional Squash Association (PSA)’s main events, the World Open in Chicago, the United States, from July 14-22.
Wee Wern had contrasting experiences while trying to go for the last two competitions.
She received all the approvals from every party and had all the documents to compete in the Manchester Open in April but the event was postponed.
Then, she shifted her attention to the ongoing El Gouna International Squash in Cairo, Egypt, but did not get to travel on Monday.
Wee Wern and three other Malaysian players Rachel Arnold, Aifa Azman and Ivan Yuen were at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) ready to board the plane but were not allowed to fly.
They did not have a polio vaccination certificate, which was a requirement for Malaysians travelling to Egypt since March this year.
Although heartbroken that she and the others could not compete in Egypt, Wee Wern has moved on and is making plans for the future.
“It’s just unfortunate that we could not get the clearance to go to Cairo although we had prepared everything, ” said Wee Wern.
“We did not have the polio vaccination cert because we were unaware of the new ruling. I’ve competed in Egypt for more than 10 times, but this vaccination was never a requirement.
“Anyway, I’ve to look ahead. I’m now looking for a smaller tournament in the United States before the World Open, ” added Wee Wern, who is back in Penang to train under her coach Aaron Soyza.