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Squash: Junior champ Eain Yow targets big boys

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 03:48 PM PST

2011/02/25
Devinder Singh
devinder@nst.com.my


SRAM and CIMB officials with the National Junior Circuit players at the launch of the CIMB Rising Stars Circuit and second CIMB National Junior Circuit in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — Picture by Fariz Iswadi Ismail

SRAM and CIMB officials with the National Junior Circuit players at the launch of the CIMB Rising Stars Circuit and second CIMB National Junior Circuit in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — Picture by Fariz Iswadi Ismail

BRITISH Junior Open boys' Under-13 champion Ng Eain Yow intends to take on the big boys in the Under-17 event of the CIMB National Junior Circuit this year.

Eain Yow, Malaysia's first British Junior champion since Ong Beng Hee, has no fear playing against boys several years older.

"My coach (Andrew Cross) feels I should play in the Under-17 event. It's not a problem for me as I'm used to it, having played against the same players in Under-15 tournaments last year," said Eain Yow, 13, after the launch of the sixth CIMB Rising Stars Circuit and second CIMB National Junior Circuit in Bukit Jalil yesterday.


CIMB and the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) are finally beginning to see the fruits of their labour after five years of organising the junior circuit when Eain Yow triumphed at the British Juniors last December.

Eain Yow and S. Sivasangari also won at the Hong Kong Junior Open with the latter then reaching the semi-finals of the girls Under-13 at the British Juniors.

"After three or four years, we have had these success stories," said CIMB Group head of marketing and communications department, Effendy Shahul Hamid.


"We're happy that through the partnership with SRAM we have been able to quantify the result and seen the objective of our involvement in squash coming through."

The Rising Stars Circuit, for players Under-9, Under-11 and Under-13, began with the first leg on Wednesday at the Jalan Duta Squash Courts and ends on Sunday.

Two more legs will be on April 7-10 in Kuantan and May 19-22 at the Astaka Courts in Petaling Jaya.


The National Junior Circuit also began on Wednesday at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil and will be followed by tournaments in Kuching (March 24-27) and Bukit Dumbar, Penang (May 5-8) for the Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 events.

The Grand Finals for both circuits take place on June 30-July 3 in Bukit Jalil.

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Tennis / BMW WTA Malaysian Open: For a good cause

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 03:42 PM PST


NST readers redeem their newspaper cuttings at Balai  Berita in Bangsar yesterday for tickets to the BMW WTA Malaysian Open which begins with the qualifying round at the  Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort tomorrow.—  Picture by Mohd Khairul Helmy

NST readers redeem their newspaper cuttings at Balai Berita in Bangsar yesterday for tickets to the BMW WTA Malaysian Open which begins with the qualifying round at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort tomorrow.— Picture by Mohd Khairul Helmy

ORGANISERS of the BMW WTA Malaysian Open will be donating proceeds from ticket sales to the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) and its Power Over Cervical Cancer (POCC) campaign to help increase awareness of the disease.

Competing players will also be lending a hand to the cause by donating signed memorabilia which will be raffled during the event next week.

They will be visiting NCSM's Children's Home of Hope and their Women's Cancer Detection Centre in support of NCSM which has been appointed as the official charity of the tournament.


NCSM managing director Rubi-Ain Dahlan said: "The BMW Malaysian Open is a great way to highlight and also boost the awareness of cervical cancer in the country as players from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour are excellent role models for Malaysian women."

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