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Maureen Koh
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Singapore, Sports

Suspension from surgery to be spent on squash

The New Paper | Maureen Koh | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

While Dr Woffles Wu will travel during his suspension, he is not going on a holiday.

He will spend the next four months focusing his time and effort on giving life to squash, and that includes looking for funds and talent.

One of his top priorities is to "actively look for sponsorships" to prepare the Singapore team for the 2015 SEA Games.

He said: "We have been nominated for next year's SEA Games, but our budget is very small. We are desperately in need of funds so that we can improve our training programmes, motivate the kids and send them to regional tournaments.

"Hopefully, we can build a team that can take us not just to the 2015 SEA Games, but 2017 and 2019 and so forth."

Dr Wu, who plays the sport recreationally, was elected the president of the Singapore Squash Rackets Association (SSRA) in September last year.

He hopes to change the profile of the sport and "bring the game back to the masses".

Squash enjoyed a golden era in the 70s and 80s when the nation's players were considered the kingpins of the region.

Since then, it has lost its lustre and failed to gain a following among younger players.

Dr Wu believes the sport needs to shed its elitist tag to succeed.

He said: "So far, squash has been confined to schools that have squash programmes and squash courts, which means those are the schools that can afford (such facilities). Such schools obviously churn out good players all the time.

"But these players are also academically very gifted, and what happens is that the association spends money to train them to a good level, then at 18, 19, they say 'Bye bye, I am going to university', and off they go."

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