PBA 15TH PENANG (MALAYSIAN) JUNIOR OPEN 2017
30th June – 5th July, at Nicol David International Squash Centre, Bukit Dumbar
By : YB Chong Eng
Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. We would like to announce that the Squash Racket Association of Penang (SRAP) will be organizing the PBA 15th Penang (Malaysian) International Squash Championship from 30th of June to 5th of July at Nicol David International Squash Centre (NDISC), Bukit Dumbar. This is a international standard event that recognized and sanctioned by Squash Racket Association of Malaysia (SRAM), Asian Squash Federation (ASF) and World Squash Federation (WSF). The state government, Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) and Majlis Sukan Negeri Pulau Pinang (MSNPP) will support the event as well. St. Giles Wembley Hotel is the official hotel and DUNLOP will be the prizes sponsor for the top 4 players for each category.
None the less, we would like to thank the main sponsor Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBA) who has been supporting the event for more then a decade. The belief and support to generate a platform for the Malaysian to compete with international players from all over the world locally. We really look forward for more local players to excel and fill up the gap of the top seeded players that Malaysia used to have, they are non-other then Dato Nicol David, Low Wee Wern and others. It is a good news indeed that we received 15% more on local entries compare to last years. Wish all of them will gain a great experience and improve their game to another level.
I would like to challenge the associations and coaches to work harder and closer to look into the ways and means that we can let our country proud and excited. The success does not come tomorrow, we need to plan and revive our plan from time to time to achieved our goal soon, I hope. With the help of the State Government and MSN, we would like to see our state and country shine again and again.
I would like to thank the team of people who has been very delicate and committed to the development of squash, let work harder and strive for more excellent results.
By : Tournament Director
This will be the 6th consecutive year for SRAM to incorporate the event as Malaysian Junior Open and the local winners for the respective category will earn a fully-paid ticket from CIMB Foundation to British Junior Open 2017 in January.
In addition to being the national junior open, the WSF had awarded the event Tier II status whereby the Under 19 players could accumulate Tier II World Junior Ranking Points, WSF only award this status to 2 of the largest junior event in the Asia Region. The ASF had awarded the event Platinum status on the Asian Junior Super Series where all participants would earn Asian Junior Rankings points. Same like last year, the prize money for the event is RM10, 000.
This tournament is open to both local and foreign players. There are 10 categories for 5 age groups :-
Under 19 Boys & Girls
Under 17 Boys & Girls
Under 15 Boys & Girls
Under 13 Boys & Girls
Under 11 Boys & Girls
There is a total of 13 countries participating with 545 players and 68 officials (Total of 613 participants), with 159 foreign players and 386 local players. There is a slight drop in the numbers of foreign players, we are losing the participation from Muslim country as this is the month of Ramadan. However, we have gained the increase for local participation.
Foreign Countries taking part are:-
- HONG KONG
- NEW ZEALAND
Local State participants are:-
– KUALA LUMPUR
- NEGERI SEMBILAN
- BUKIT JALIL SPORTS SCHOOL/SRAM
- DARREN RAHUL PRAGASM (MAS) Malaysia and Asian BU19 Ranked Number 1
- ONG SAI HUNG (MAS)
- CHAN WUI KI (HKG)
- SIOW YI XIAN (MAS)
- DANIEL NURHAQIEM (MAS)
- HARIS QASIM (PAK)
- WONG KIN YEUNG (HKG)
- TO WAI LOK (HKG)
- MUHAMMAD HAFIZ ZHAFRI (MAS)
- SATOMI WATANABE (JAP) Asian Junior GU19 Ranked 1
- NUR ALIAH IZZATI (MAS)
- LAI WEN LI (MAS)
- AU YEONG WHAI YANN (SIN) Asian Junior Ranked 4th GU19
- AIFA AZMAN (MAS) British Junior Open GU17 5th Placing
- CHAN SIN YUK (HKG) British Junior Open GU15 3rd Placing
- OOI KAH YAN (MAS)
- CHAN YIWEN (MAS)
GU15 will be tightly contested with Jessica Keng and Wong Heng Wai taking part both ranked 1 and 2 respectively in the Asian Junior Ranking. They will be challenged by players from Hong Kong. BU15 will also be close with Duncan Lee, this year’s British Junior Open BU15 Runner-Up taking part with a host of other local players and foreign players from Hong Kong, New Zealand, England and Pakistan challenging for the BU15 age group.
29th June 2017 – Arrival of Participants
30th June 2017
8.30am-8.00pm – Round 1 & Round 2
1st July 2017
8.30am-5.30pm – Round 2 & Round 3
7.30pm – 10.30pm – Welcoming Dinner @ St. Giles
2nd July 2017
8.30am-8.00pm – Round 3 & Round 4
3rd July 2017
8.30am-9.00pm – Quarter Finals Round
4th July 2017
8.30am-9.00pm – Semi Finals Round
5th July 2017
8.30am-2.30pm – Finals / Prizes Presentation @ NDISC
If you have further queries or require more information, kindly contact:
Mr. Khoo Teng Hin
Squash Rackets Association of Penang
101, Bukit Dumbar, 11700 Penang, Malaysia;
Tel: +604 657 0901
Fax: +604 657 0901
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia
Tel: +603 8996 364
Fax: +603 8996 9406