Netball: Tharjini, An Najwa blaze trail for Asian players

Malaysia goal-shooter An Najwa Azizan, who plays professionally in Australia, in action against Sri Lanka in the Asian Netball Championship. She was injured and limped off at the end of the match.
Malaysia goal-shooter An Najwa Azizan, who plays professionally in Australia, in action against Sri Lanka in the Asian Netball Championship. She was injured and limped off at the end of the match.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

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Netball is played widely around the world, with over 20 million players in more than 80 countries, but playing it for a living is quite another matter.

At the ongoing M1 Asian Netball Championship here, only two of the 144 players from 12 national teams have any claim to the professional tag: Sri Lanka's Tharjini Sivalingam and Malaysia's An Najwa Azizan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2018, with the headline 'Tharjini, an Najwa blaze trail for asian players'. Print Edition | Subscribe