Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SRAM Optimistic National Juniors Can Lift Asian Team Title

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) is optimistic the national junior squad can lift their maiden Asian junior title.

The CIMB Foundation 17th Asian Junior Team Championship 2015 which starts tomorrow until Feb 1 will be held at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil.

SRAM president Huang Ying How said the target was realistic as the junior men's and women's were the second and first seed of the tournament.

"We're aiming to emerge champions in this tournament. The Malaysian boys can upset the Pakistanis who are the first seed.

"Our girls are the first seed but rivals such as Hong Kong and India are very strong. It will be a tough fight for them.

"At the World Women Championship in Canada recently, Malaysia were in the top two and Hong Kong were in the top four.

"Asian countries are coming up. Even Japan is getting stronger which is good for Asia," he said told Bernama at the welcome dinner, here Tuesday night.

For a record, the Malaysian junior men's and women's team finished third at the 16th Asian Junior Squash Championship 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.

The 14 participating countries are Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Kuwait, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

The Malaysian men's team: Ng Eain Yow, Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal, Darren Chan and Mohd Farez Izwan Mohd Mukhtar.

The Malaysian women's team: Rachel Mae Arnold, Teh Min Jie, Zoe Foo Yuk Han and S. Sivasangari.

-- BERNAMA

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