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LAST_UPDATEFri, 20 Jul 2018 7pm

Nicol Positive Ahead Of 2018 Asian Games

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KUALA LUMPUR -- National squash queen, Datuk Nicol David said she is in good form to get positive results in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia next month.

The former world number one said she had a great cooling off period after the 2018 Commonwealth Games and would double her efforts to achieve the goal.

“It (preparation) has been good. I managed to take some time off after the 2018 Commonwealth Games and really had a good time to have a little break...because I just need that time and it’s been really effective for me.

“I’m looking forward to get going with the training session,” she told reporters after a visit by Asian Games chef-de-mission Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi to observe the training session of the squash team at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, today.

The 34-year-old former world number one who bagged four gold medals in the women's single category in the previous five edition of the Asian Games also believed that the two gold-medal target set by the squash squad could be achieved if all players gave their best.

Nicol will be accompanied by 19-year-old S. Sivasangari who bagged her maiden national title last week in the women’s single event while former world number five, Low Wee Wern and Aifa Azman will team up with the duo in the four-member women’s team event.

For the men’s category, Ivan Yuen Chee Wern and 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan are set for the individual event challenge, while Ng Eain Yow and Muhammad Syafiq Kamal will join them in the team event.

At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, the national squad bagged two gold medals in women’s singles through Nicol and women’s team event, two silvers in women’s singles (Wee Wern) and men’s team, as well as a bronze in men’s singles.

-- BERNAMA