KUALA LUMPUR: Youngsters Goh Jin Wei and Cheam June Wei may get their biggest break when Malaysia begin their campaign in the mixed team event in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok on Wednesday.
Malaysia will play in two group ties against Scotland and the Philippines in Group X1 on Wednesday and the debutants – 13-year-old Jin Wei and 16-year-old June Wei – are expected to be given a chance to play in one tie at least.
Malaysia will take on Bulgaria on Thursday. If Malaysia win all three ties and become group champions, they will take on Indonesia in the quarter-finals.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) assessor Tan Kim Her, who has gone to Bangkok as the junior team’s manager, said that Malaysia should not face any trouble making it to the quarter-finals.
“Malaysia have badminton minnows as company in their group and the coaches may want to give everyone in the team a chance to play,” said Kim Her.
Jin Wei may be picked ahead of Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona and Lee Ying Ying to give her a taste of playing in a major junior tournament.
In the boys’ singles, Malaysia may rest Soong Joo Ven and Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi and field June Wei or Lim Chi Wing to deliver the goods.
“The team’s real test will be in the quarter-finals against Indonesia. Indonesia can ride on the strength of their doubles players to win the tie. For now, we hold the upper hand in the singles,” said Kim Her.
Malaysia lost to Indonesia in the quarter-finals of the mixed team event at last year’s edition in Chiba, Japan.
Boys’ singles: Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven, Lim Chi Wing, Cheam June Wei.
Boys’ doubles: Darren Isaac Devadass-Ong Yew Sin, Chua Keh Yeap-Mohd Amzzar Zainuddin, Woon Mun Choon-Chua Khek Wei.
Girls’ singles: Goh Jin Wei, Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona, Lee Ying Ying.
Girls’ doubles: Joyce Choong-Yap Cheng Wen, Chin Kah Mun-Ti Wei Chyi, Goh Yea Ching-Peck Yen Wei.
Mixed doubles: Chua Khek Wei-Yap Cheng Wen, Ong Yew Sin-Joyce Choong, Chua Keh Yeap-Chin Kah Mun.
Group W1: China, Singapore, Australia, Spain
Group W2: Taiwan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic
Group X1: Indonesia, France, United States, Sri Lanka
Group X2: Malaysia, Bulgaria, Philippines, Scotland
Group Y1: Japan, Germany, Kazakhstan, Finland
Group Y2: Thailand, Denmark, Botswana, Canada
Group Z1: South Korea, India, Algeria, South Africa
Group Z2: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Turkey, Armenia