NAYPYITAW: Malaysia's back-up shuttlers face the litmus test in must-win matches on Thursday to save face in the quarter-finals of the badminton competition of the SEA Games.
For once, all countries in South-East Asia have sent a relatively younger group of players for the Games because some of their top stars are competing in the ongoing BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur.
For national singles coach Rashid Sidek, this year’s SEA Games is truly a chance to showcase the country’s future stars.
He said that it would be a true test for most of them and a reflection of the respective countries’ depth in talents starting from Thursday’s quarter-final stage.
“In some cases, it is a straightforward battle among the back-up shuttlers. We will be able to measure whether Indonesia, Thailand or Malaysia are leading the way as far as their future in badminton is concerned,” said Rashid.