KUALA LUMPUR — Depending on one’s perspective, Genghis Khan may be famous or notorious for his exploits, but Uyanga Amarmend aims to prove there is more to Mongolia than the legendary conqueror.
Uyanga, 26, who took up squash recently, has created history of sorts by becoming the first to represent her nation at the World University Squash Competition (WUSC).
“I played tennis for many years,” she said.
“Then one day my coach decided to teach me squash. I attended some of the training sessions and fell in love with the dynamics of the game.”
She loves the hawker fare in Malaysia, especially teh tarik and ice kacang.
“I had this thing called ‘ABC’ and it was unbelievably nice. The condensed milk they poured over it made my day,” Uyanga said.
“I love meat, especially lamb. As I’ve never been to Malaysia before I was pleasantly surprised to see there were a lot of meaty options in front of me.”
Uyanga’s first foray into WUSC did not go well as she lost to Japanese player, Risa Sugimoto, in straight sets.
Nevertheless, her debut appearance at WUSC 2016 certainly augurs well for the future of the sport.
“I want to say the people of Malaysia are warm and kind. Everywhere I go and everyone I speak to has a smile. They are the most welcoming people I have ever met,” said Uyanga. — By R. Loheshwar