Monday, July 26, 2010

Asian Games My Priority, Says Mohd Azlan

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 (Bernama) -- Newly-crowned Malaysian Open men's champion Mohd Azlan Iskandar has set his sights on the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, which will be held in November.

"This year will be a busy year and the Asian Games will once again, be my priority," said the 28-year-old Sarawakian.

For the first time, the Asian Games offers four gold medals in squash, namely, two each (individual and team events) for the men and women category, respectively.

Mohd Azlan said it would be a daunting task for the athletes to deliver the four gold medal-target set by the National Sports Council (NSC).

"I hope my coach will be flown in by MSN (National Sports Council) to Malaysia from England to work with the team for a few weeks before the Asian Games.

"I think it will be really important because Asian Games will be held in China, so it doesn't make sense to train in Engand because the weather was completely different," the 18th world-ranked player in Professional Squash Association (PSA) told Bernama in an interview today.

Mohd Azlan, who is coached by Peter Genevar in London, described the last two weeks as a great achievement for him.

Before winning his third Malaysian Open title yesterday, Mohd Azlan won his first national title last week and on May 8, he won the 15th Asian Senior Championship in Chennai, India.

"It's been a good two weeks for me...this year, I won three title...the Asian Championship, national and Malaysian open. Hopefully, a few more tournaments," he said.

He returns to competition next month at the Hong Kong Open and will take the next five weeks to fine-tune his game at Bukit Jalil.

"My five weeks of trainning will continue in Bukit Jalil before the Hong Kong Open. I am skipping the Australian Open (Aug 8-15) in preparation for the competition," said Mohd Azlan.

The Hong Kong Open will be held from Aug 23 to 29.

"I think my form in the Asian Championship is getting better. I came to the tournament (Malaysian Open) half-way through my training programme.

"However, I still lack in a few things and I learn from every tournament," added Mohd Azlan.


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