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SQUASH / CIMB MALAYSIAN OPEN: CIMB takes Nafiizwan on board

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NAFIIZWAN Adnan received a boost ahead of the start of the CIMB Malaysian Open after the title sponsor agreed to sponsor the Asian champion on an annual renewable basis.

Citing the World No 33's future potential, CIMB Investment Bank chief executive Datuk Charon Wardini Mokhzani said they were happy to add Nafiizwan, 26, to their current stable of women's World No 1 Nicol David and men's national champion Ong Beng Hee.

"We looked at his potential and he is number two in Malaysia. He's one for the future and given what he has achieved, we feel he is the right person to sponsor," said Charon at the Malaysian Open pre-tournament press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Nafiizwan, who defeated Beng Hee for the Asian title last year, is determined to repay CIMB's faith in him.

"I am grateful that they have given this trust and I'll be able to focus on playing and training better. I know there will be pressure on me to produce results but I will do my best and and not let CIMB or Malaysians down," said Nafiizwan who hopes to break into the world's top-25 by year-end.

Charon added that CIMB is on the lookout for other players to sponsor with women's national No 2 Low Wee Wern frequently mentioned after breaking into the world's top-10.

"Wee Wern has done well," said Charon when asked about the national champion's chances of being sponsored by CIMB. "We will have to evaluate who to sponsor.

"Nafiizwan is the third professional we are sponsoring so we'll see. I'm not making promises but we're always looking at the performance of players and how they're developing."

Meanwhile, Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia president Datuk Syed Mustaffa Syed Ali said there needs to be better communication between coaches and players after Kamran Khan requested to move away from training under Peter Genever.

Kamran cited a lack of improvement in his performance and symmetry with the national coach's training regime.

"We have to improve communication channels and I feel this is an important aspect. We are happy with Peter, he's done a good job in improving the training regime.

"The players have benefited from his training and we want him to work with the back-up players like Kamran, Ivan (Yuen) and Asyraf (Azan)," said Syed Mustaffa, who added that he will leave Kamran's request to Genever to resolve.

(From left) CIMB Investment Bank chief executive Datuk Charon Wardini Mokhzani, Nafiizwan Adnan and SRAM president Datuk Syed Mustaffa Syed Ali at the press conference yesterday. Bernama pic


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