KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may be one of the most successful countries in producing world junior badminton champions. Unfortunately, none has gone on to be a world champion.
Therein lies the problem – the transition from a junior champion to a full-fledged world champion.
China do not seem to have such a problem, though, with a big percentage of their juniors actually making the grade at senior level.
Sun Jun, Chen Gang, Bao Chunlai, Chen Jin, Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Tian Houwei are all former world junior singles champions while Lin Dan is a former Asian junior champion himself.
Is it that our juniors are just not good enough to make the step up or is it that the coaches in the senior ranks aren’t good enough to tap these players’ potential?
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), while aware of the problem, are struggling to find a solution. Many have tried but failed.