MIRI: Â SEA Games gold medallist Sanjay Singh Chal hasÂ set the target to be the country’s number one squash player by 2018, just like
fellow Sarawakian Mohd Azlan Iskandar.
Fresh from his success of winning two gold medals in the recent SingaporeÂ SEA Games, Sanjay, 21, now ranked fourth in the country and 115th in the world,Â has been sharpening his skills in England.
“I’ve been training in England for the past six months under coach RobbieTemple,” he said.
Sanjay’s list of achievements is quite impressive – number one juniorÂ champion in the country and having represented Malaysia in the Asian JuniorÂ Championship, Asian Junior Team Championship, British Junior Open, World CupÂ U21, World University Games, World Men’s team Championship and Asian SeniorÂ Individual Championship.
At the moment, Sanjay said he was trying very hard to juggle his duties as aÂ national player and a student pursuing a business management diploma.
“I may have to miss out a few training sessions due to classes or may beÂ spending extra hours on court during the late hours too,” said the eldest of twoÂ siblings who was introduced to squash at the age of nine.
A big fan of Mohd Azlan Iskandar, the former national number one and worldÂ number 10, Sanjay said Azlan was among those who supported his career day in dayÂ out.
He adviced those eyeing to be profesional squash players in the country toÂ be prepared to make sacrifes, even forking out their own money to achieve theirÂ dreams.– BERNAMA