KUALA LUMPUR — Nicol David is Malaysia’s undisputed squash queen — and she will be leading the national Malaysian team to the World Doubles Champions, held in Manchester, England on August 1st to 5th, 2017.
Nicol David will be partnering with Rachel Arnold in the Women’s doubles event while other pairs consist of Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan-Ivan Yuen and Muhammad Syafiq Kamal-Ng Eain Yow in the Men’s doubles.
Malaysia is banking on Arnold and Ivan. SRAM (Squash Racquet Association of Malaysia) Director of Coaching Major (R) S. Maniam stated that the championships would provide an overview of where the Malaysian pairs stood in the international doubles circuit.
This is exciting news for the nation because it is the first major doubles championship that Malaysia will be participating in the 2017 year. A benefit of this event is that it’ll be a great preparation for the SEA Games players — they can gear themselves up for the road ahead for the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Gold Coast, Australia next year.
Before the World Doubles Champions, the national Malaysian team will be competing in the World Games being held in Wroclaw, Poland from July 25th to 28th.
What is so interesting about this is Nicol David has participated in the last three World Games and won a hat trick of gold medals in 2005 (Germany), 2009 (Taiwan), and 2013 (Colombia).
Nicol is expected to retain the gold medal again for the fourth time this year, which will be a new record. As for the men players, Malaysia is hoping for Wan (Mohd Nafiizwan) or Ivan to reach at least the semi-finals.
The World Games has brought together 33 countries over the years since the event first began in 1997 (except in 2001, when squash wasn’t in the World Games).
We look forward to seeing Nicol lead the national team and her teammates take on the World Doubles Champions in Manchester, England. It will be great to see Nicol in the World Games at the end of July, where we will see how she is playing and what the Doubles event may be like for the Malaysian queen of squash.