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F: So, I was a bit surprised to hear about your retirement via a tweet from Omar El Sherbini!
My retirement was quite
funny, Fram, I didnít put out my retirementÖ Do you want to know how I
KNEW I retired??? This is serious!!
Is not living in Egypt a problem for the National Coach?
2015, through modern
technology and electronic communication, gave us the opportunity to be
virtually present anywhere in the world as we please. I realised that I
can do my job, connecting with the players, of which, many of them are
Can you give us an example?
I know as a fact from my
experience, there is no easy or hard, or good or bad situation that I
havenít been through. Good or Bad. Hard or Easy, Iíve been through all
of it, from Junior to Senior, and that what I can give back to the
players. Like there is a lot of situation that arise, if you are in the
middle of it all, itís very hard to take a decision.
How do you communicate with your players
Nowadays, via all today's
technologies, Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, emails, normal phones, and so far,
it has been great. Iím in contact with my players as much as they want
You, so discreet, so camera/media shy, you are now running a youtube channel, you are on twitter, on facebook? Is that to state to yourself you are still alive?
Yes, itís good you picked
that up. I used to express myself inside the court. I didnít like to
express myself outside the court, I would rather my style of play and my
character inside the squash court does all the talking for me. That
where I felt more comfortable.
You must have been delighted with the great response you got?
It made me feel good. Even
as a player, I never thought people reminding me for my results, I
remember thinking I would never have good results, I always tried to be
the best player I can be but I always tried to make sure my persona was
in the good place, that my character was in the right place.
If you look at players with good demeanour, like Nicol David, or Ong Beng Hee, itís very hard to achieve, because you have to have a good demeanour all the time, you cannot just pretend to have a good demeanour if you havenítÖ
So, tell us about your YouTube videos...
The media stuff Iím doing
now, the videos, and
the facebook, itís a way to express myself and also what players are
going through. Some of it is also things that people can learn a thing
or two but itís more about putting the spotlight on what athletes are
And to finish, Shabs, are you happy?
Itís still fresh. Until
three months ago, I was still on tour, so Iím happy. When somebody asked
me, do you miss it? I donít miss it, I say, but just ask me in a