Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will be sending a group of young players for the inaugural Asia Mixed Team Championships, scheduled to be held in Hong Kong from March 19-24.
It’s clear that BAM is determined to give these young players more exposure at higher level of international competition and to prepare them for a drastic transition after the organization has lost several key senior players at the beginning of 2019.
Cheam June Wei who won the Dutch International last year together with Soong Joo Ven will represent the Malaysian team in the men’s singles category.
Lee Ying Ying and Ho Yen Mei will spearhead Malaysia’s challenge in women’s singles.
World No. 52 Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin Rumsani will feature in the men’s doubles event alongside Low Hang Yee/Ng Eng Cheong.
Meanwhile, Pearly Tan/Yap Ling, Anna Cheong/Lim Chiew Sien will represent Malaysia in the women’s doubles, while Hoo Pang Ron/Cheah Yee See, Chen Tang Jie/Peck Yen Wei will play the mixed doubles.
BAM’s Technical Director, Wong Choong Hann didn’t want to place too much pressure on these young players.
“This will be a good platform for them to learn something. I hope they can play their best or make a surprise,” said Wong.
A total of 11 teams will feature at the 2019 continental mixed team tournament including Asian giants China, Korea, Japan and Indonesia.