Thursday, October 14, 2010

Heartbreak for Asyraf as he is left out of Asiad team

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KUALA LUMPUR: It was another heartbreak for national No. 4 Mohd Asyraf Azan as he was left out of the squash team for the Guangzhou Asian Games.

The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) again chose youngster Ivan Yuen in favour of Asyraf as they did for the just concluded Delhi Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year-old Asyraf is ranked higher at No. 58 in the world than 20-year-old Ivan, who is in 78th spot.
“I deserve a place in the Asian Games as I am ranked higher than Ivan,” said a disappointed Asyraf.
“Furthermore, I also made it to the World Open in Saudi Arabia in December from a qualifying tournament in St George Hills, England, last month,” he said.
Two-time Asian champion and world no. 13 Mohd Azlan Iskandar will spearhead Malaysia’s challenge in the Asiad men’s competitions. The other members of the men’s team are Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan.
Azlan and Beng Hee, who won the gold in 2002 Busan and 2006 Doha, will feature in the individual events.
There are four gold medals from individual and team events for both men and women.
Five-time world champion and Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nicol David will be gunning a third Asiad individual gold medal.
The Penangite was the champion in 1998 (Bangkok) and in 2006 (Doha). She took silver in 2002 (Busan).
Nicol and national No. 2 Low Wee Wern will feature in the individual event. The other members of the team are Delia Arnold and Sharon Wee.
Peter Chee has been named as the team manager and the coaches are Ajaz Azmat and the Soyza brothers Allan and Aaron.

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