Thursday, July 17, 2014

Knee injury has Beng Hee in a spot

ONG Beng Hee is in a race against time to be fit for the Commonwealth Games before the national squad’s scheduled departure for Glasgow on Sunday.

National men’s No 1 Beng Hee is getting his patella in his knee treated after feeling discomfort in a tournament in Mumbai last week.

Beng Hee is one of just two Malaysian survivors from squash’s debut at the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur — the other being women’s singles favourite Nicol David.

But Beng Hee, 34, downplayed the chances of missing a fifth Commonwealth Games campaign as he undergoes physiotherapy in a bid to get fit in time.

“The recovery is almost there but I’m not quite fit,” said World No 30 Beng Hee. “I still have a few days before we leave, so we’ll see. I reckon I can make it, but will need to have the knee checked again.

“It’s been hurting since India and I have practically been living with the physios all week. I’ll have to get their clearance to go.”

Beng Hee has won two Commonwealth Games medals in the mixed doubles with Nicol, following up a silver in Manchester in 2002 with a bronze in New Delhi four years ago.

However, in the men’s singles, Beng Hee has yet to make the quarter-finals after three times going out in the second round before reaching the third round in 2010.

Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia coaching director Allan Soyza is confident Beng Hee will be in Glasgow where the former World No 7 is due to play in the singles and team up with Ivan Yuen in the men’s doubles.

“The physio has realigned his patella and he is good to go. There is no issue of him missing the Commonwealth Games,” said Allan.

Besides Beng Hee, Ivan and Nicol, the others leaving on Sunday are Nafiizwan Adnan, Valentino Bong, Low Wee Wern, Delia Arnold, G. Vanessa Raj and Rachel Arnold.


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