World number one Peter Nicol believes the introduction of squash at the Commonwealth Games can give the sport an 'amazing' boost, relaunching it to a world-wide audience. Nicol, in town for this week's Cathay Pacific Squash Open, said the presence of international media at the Kuala Lumpur sporting extravaganza next month would help to raise the profile of the sport. Squash's popularity soared in the mid-1980s during the reign of legendary Pakistani Jahangir Khan. But the sport's profile - along with all-important television coverage - has diminished during the 1990s. The Commonwealth Games, Nicol says, can help to reverse the decline. 'I think it can be amazing for the sport,' Nicol said after a training session at the Hong Kong Squash Centre. 'The fact that it is such a big event and there is going to be a lot of media in Malaysia covering the Games is good news for the sport. 'Back in the 1980s, the game had a high profile, certainly in Britain at any rate, but for one reason or another it sort of died a death after that. Being a medal sport at the Commonwealth Games can change all that.' The 25-year-old Scot is hoping to cap a superb year - which has seen him dislodge Pakistan's Jansher Khan as world number one - by taking gold in Kuala Lumpur. 'That's got to be the target,' Nicol said. 'At the moment, though, I'm just thinking about this week.' While Nicol was limbering up for tomorrow's first-round tie against Egypt's Amr Shabana, the bulk of Hong Kong's young talent were being eliminated from the opening rounds of the qualifying tournament yesterday. All eight Hong Kong players competing in the qualifying event were knocked out, which means that the SAR will have only one representative - local number one Faheem Khan - in the main draw. Among the beaten local players yesterday was 21-year-old Jackie Lee Chun-kit, who gave Sweden's Daniel Forslund a scare before eventually being beaten 14-15, 15-13, 15-8, 15-8. Despite a defeat which was ultimately emphatic, Lee was able to draw some comfort from his performance. 'I have to be happy. I've played in the qualifying rounds before and never even won a game so at least today I did that,' he said. 'The big difference between us was that he was physically stronger than me and had better stamina. I think you can see that from the first two games, which were pretty close. 'While I felt fresh at the start, I could compete with him - but when I ran out of steam, he took control and it was pretty easy for him in the end,' Lee added. Lee was the only Hong Kong player to win a game yesterday, with the remaining seven SAR entrants all going out in straight games. Wong Wai-hang started well against Pakistan's Muhammad Hussain but lost his way after becoming frustrated with one or two 50-50 refereeing decisions that went against him. The fiery youngster raced into a 7-1 first-game lead against Hussain but allowed his opponent back into the match. Hussain eventually won 15-12, 15-9, 15-10. Pakistan's Mansoor Zaman also proved too strong for Hong Kong junior champion Vincent Cheung Cheuk-yin, winning 15-8, 15-9, 15-8 in 28 minutes.