A CALMER and more mature Darren Rahul Pragasam is determined to redeem himself in the squash competition at the Philippines Sea Games this year.
The 20-year-old’s Sea Games debut in Kuala Lumpur (KL2017) two years ago did not go as planned when the men were upset by the Philippines in the team semi-finals. Malaysia ended up settling for bronze.
“I lost to Rafael Yam (in KL2017). It was my first Sea Games and I think I let the pressure get to me,” said Darren, who will have Addeen Idrakie, Ong Sai Hung and Ryan Pasqual for company at the biennial Games this year.
“But you learn from your mistakes and things can only get better. I am excited to play again and, hopefully, do better. I am definitely more focused and also more mature now.
“We are aware how strong other teams are, but we have put in the hard work (in training) and will be focused on our task.”
World No 215 Darren picked hosts Philippines and Singapore as the ones to watch out for this time.
“Robert Andrew Garcia (Philippines) has been around for a long time and has played in many Sea Games. He did well last time and has had a few good tournaments here and there as well,” said Darren.
“Samuel Kang (Singapore) is also one of them (danger men) and we have played against each other a lot.
“But if we play to the best of our abilities, nothing is impossible.”
Malaysia will compete in four (men and women’s singles, mixed team team and mixed doubles) out of the six squash events in the Philippines and the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) are hoping to win all four golds.