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CIMB sponsors rising squash star Nafiizwan Adnan
10 September 2012
Kuala Lumpur: CIMB today announced that it will be sponsoring Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, men’s national number two squash player.

26-year-old Nafiizwan, currently ranked number 33 in the world, will be signing an annual renewable agreement with CIMB, joining Dato’ Nicol David and Ong Beng Hee, Malaysia’s top two professional squash players, as proud CIMB-sponsored world-class athletes.

Earlier this year, we said that we were exploring the opportunity to sponsor another promising professional player. Today, we are pleased to announce we have chosen Nafiizwan,” said Dato’ Charon Wardini Mokhzani, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Investment Bank.

“From what he has achieved, how he has performed in tournaments, his rigorous training regime, and his ambition, Nafiizwan shows great potential and is the squash player to watch,” he added.

Benefits of the sponsorship include monetary support which Nafiizwan could use to fund his overall training expenses as well as take part in more international tournaments to gain experience and exposure.

Nafiizwan, who is the reigning Asian champion, aims to break into the Top 10 world ranking in a couple of years.

“There will also be additional tiered incentives should he achieve certain world ranking. Therefore, we hope that this sponsorship would be a timely boost to motivate him to reach for his ambition and propel his squash career to great heights,” Dato’ Charon affirmed.

The announcement was made in conjunction with CIMB’s eighth consecutive title sponsorship of the CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships 2012, which will be held on 10-15 September 2012.

For the very first time, the Women’s event will be a 32 Main Draw event, attracting all the Top 12 players in the world. Dato’ Nicol David will be out defending her eighth championship title, competing against the best-ever assembled field of players in the history of the tournament. Three other Malaysians in the Main Draw are Low Wee Wern, who has just reached a career-high ranking of World No. 10, Delia Arnold (World No. 24) and Siti Munirah Jusoh (World No. 37).

The Men’s event will also feature an impressive line-up of players. Leading the charge will be Egyptians Karim Darwish (World No. 5) and Mohamed El Shorbagy (World No. 8). Malaysian fans can also look forward to cheering on local favourites Ong Beng Hee (World No. 21) and of course, Nafiizwan.

To mark the sponsorship of the championship, Dato’ Charon presented a mock cheque to Dato’ Syed Mustaffa Syed Ali, President of Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM).

In his speech, Dato’ Syed said, “CIMB’s involvement in squash has given Malaysian squash enthusiasts the opportunity to witness exciting, high-quality squash involving top players in the world. This has also certainly elevated our nation’s status in the global sporting community.”

“SRAM is utmost grateful to CIMB for their long-term commitment in squash, from junior development programmes to commercial sponsorship initiatives and associated rewards. Their sponsorship of Nafiizwan is indeed another testament to their continuous support in the advancement of squash in Malaysia,” Dato’ Syed concluded.

As with previous years, the preliminary rounds will be held at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil. Quarterfinals onwards will be staged in a glass court mounted at the concourse area of The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

CIMB Malaysian Open remains a highly-rated Women’s Squash Association (WSA) World Series Gold for the Women’s event with total prize money of USD70,000 , while the Men’s event is a Professional Squash Association (PSA) International 50 with total prize money of USD50,000.

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