KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 — The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has been asked to give a chance to players from local private clubs to play for the country in several prestigious badminton tournaments, including the Thomas Cup.
Director of Micheal’s Badminton Academy and Sports Sdn Bhd, Lee Kok Choong when making the call said the national badminton body should go to the ground to find talented players around the country and not just depend on players under their umbrella.
"They should look at the ground level because there are several qualified players who don’t have a chance to play at higher levels such as the Thomas Cup and other badminton tournaments.
"By giving these players a chance to play at a higher level, I believe they will be able to unleash their true potential," he told reporters after the academy’s graduation ceremony themed ‘Hope For Change’ Badminton Charity Programme in Puchong, near here, Wednesday.
During the event, 53 children from three welfare homes, namely House of Joy, Rumah Shalom and Rumah Kebajikan At-Taqwa, were given certificates after completing the 10-month programme.
The charity programme, which was started in March this year by the academy, was aimed at giving opportunities to underprivileged children to excel in the sport.
Citing World Junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli as an example, Lee, an avid badminton player said, the 18-year old player should be given a chance to play at a higher level (Thomas Cup) because he had proven his ability by clinching a few titles this year, including the Asian Junior tournament.
Commenting further, Lee said that BAM should also concentrate on "unearthing" local badminton talent.
"Parents should also play an active role by giving undivided support to their children to ensure they can become promising stars for the future," he said.