SEPANG – Barely getting proper rest after his stint at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in which he created history for himself and the national men’s squash team by winning a bronze medal, Malaysia’s Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan is off to Egypt for the El Gouna International Squash Open.
Other than the tournament in Egypt from April 20-27, he and players from other countries will be taking part in the British Open in May 15-20 and the Guatemala Open on July 2-7.
I will try to collect points from these tournaments, which will determine my seeding in the Asian Games. If I get a good seeding, my chances of getting a medal for Malaysia would be bright,” he told Bernama on arrival from Gold Coast, Australia at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (Klia 2) this morning.
Mohd Nafiizwan returned home earlier than his teammates, after competing in the 1/16 round in the men’s doubles match with Ivan Yuen on Wednesday as he had to leave for Egypt tomorrow.
“Most of the players who competed in the Commonwealth Games will also be taking part in the El Gouna International Squash Open Championship. They will definitely be exhausted. That’s why I’m leaving early to prepare,” said the player who turns 32 on April 24.
Winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games was a dream come true for Mohd Nafiizwan, who is ranked 35th in the world.
“The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was the third and last for me. I am so thankful that I could finally present Malaysia with its first medal in the men’s category,” he said.
No player in the national men’s team has won a medal since 1998 when squash was introduced as an event in the Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur edition.
Meanwhile, Mohd Nafiizwan who hails from Kuala Terengganu, said his training and preparation for the Asian Games in August is on schedule.
“I will work harder to produce a medal in the Asian Games. Comparably, the Commonwealth Games was much more challenging,” he said.
For the record, former world number 10 player, Mohd Azlan Iskandar had to settle for fourth place in a decider for the bronze medal at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. – BERNAMA