Monday, December 5, 2011

Nicol David As Malaysia's Most Successful Sports Icon : PM (VIDEO & 5 PHOTOS)

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hailed national squash queen Datuk Nicol Ann David on Monday as the country's most successful sports icon, saying her ability to defend the world title for six consecutive years is unmatched.

Speaking to reporters after receiving a courtesy call by the World No. 1 squash player at his office here, Najib expressed the hope that her success would spur other athletes to similarly excel in their respective sports.

"On behalf of the government and the people Malaysia, I would like to extend heartiest congratulations to Nicol," he said.

Present were Nicol's parents, Desmond David and Anne Marie David, as well as CIMP Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.

"Nicol should be made a role model because she is the most successful sports icon in our country's history," he said.

He wished Nicol all the best and more success in the future, and said that it would set a high benchmark for the country's sports, especially in squash.

Nicol described the meeting with the prime minister as a truly meaningful event for her and her parents.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (2nd from left) conveyed the great pride that the nation feels towards Penang-born Nicol David's (L) achievements in the world of squash, making her the World Number One ranked player in squash. Also taking great pride in Nicol's outstanding performance in her chosen sport is CIMB Group's chief executive officer Datuk Seri Nazir Razak (R) and, of course, Nicol's parents Ann Marie and Desmond David. 
"It was a great honour for me and family to get the recognition from the government and Malaysians. Thank you for the all support," she said.