It’s been quite a good week so far for us Malaysians after a series of good news from the sporting world in particular. Since the 2016 Olympic Games kicked off, we have won a silver medal from the women’s 10m platform category and also won all four opening matches (men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles) from the badminton event. Although the Olympic journey have ended for some of our athletes, that did not dampen our spirits to strive on and succeed in the next events.
To add icing on the cake, our world-renowned squash player, Datuk Nicol Ann David was recently picked as one of the “greatest athletes in the world right now”
by the Telegraph. She was selected alongside other sporting giants such as Simone Biles, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic.
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The Penangite was ranked 17th
and was described as a person that no other athlete “can claim to have enjoyed the sort of dominance Nicol David has had in the world of squash.” She has previously held the title of “World No.1” for a ground-breaking record of 112 months. That’s equivalent to nine years and one month! She’s also the longest squash player to hold that title.
Nicol David is a highly decorated squash player; she has won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, 3 gold medals at the World Games, 6 gold medals at the Asian Games and has a stunning eight World Open titles. Now, imagine if squash was introduced in the Olympics and Nicol David was to compete in it, we’re pretty sure she’ll be the one of the first Malaysians to bring home our first gold medal! We hope that her efforts to bring squash to the Olympics will pay off one day when the Olympic Committee FINALLY realizes that it is an Olympic-worth sport.
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We hope for the best and wish Datuk Nicol David all the best in her career. We’ll always be behind you, rooting for you! Congratulations and thank you for all your contributions to the nation. We Malaysians are so proud of you.