Kuala Lumpur: Usually, coaches often select badminton players based on evaluations of abilities, ranking, recent performance and potential.
When World No. 27th Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern were excluded from Malaysia’s Uber Cup team, the father of Ng sisters, Datuk Ng Thin Huatt was absolutely unhappy over the incident and sent a protest letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
The sisters are currently in the final year of their economics degree. According to Hui Lin, they have already got their visas to India. “My daughters came back to Malaysia for holidays early April and returned to England on April 25 to finish up their studies at Loughborough University in Britain,” said Thin Huatt. Hui Lin and Hui Ern were prepared to bring their books, and to fly straight from England to India if they were selected for the Uber Cup
“On April 23, I saw in the newspapers that BAM was conducting trials for the men’s and women’s singles. Hui Lin and Hui Ern did not know if they should participate in the selection trial, since the newspapers didn’t mention about the women’s doubles trial. They also did not know that the team selection would base on the results of the trials.”
“We have no idea that the women’s doubles trials would take place three days after my daughters left Malaysia.”
“Early this year, I emailed Tengku Mahaleel Ariff – BAM President, hoping BAM could consider including Hui Lin and Hui Ern in some major tournaments this year, and his response was very positive.”
According to BadmintonPlanet.com, Malaysia’s women’s team qualified by virtue of being the 12th-ranked team out of the 16 qualifiers for the Finals. In BWF’s new format of qualification, the defending champions and hosts are exempted if they are ranked within the top 14, which then allows the next best team to qualify. Teams are qualifying based on overall ranking.
“Hui Lin and Hui Ern’s world ranking helped Malaysia qualified for the Uber Cup Finals; In return, they were not selected in the Uber Cup team. I think this is unfair to them” Thin Huatt said.
“They have been training very hard, and have sacrificed a lot trying to balance their studies and their competitions. I am hoping BAM could commit to the principles of fairness and equality for all players, and give my daughters a chance to play for Malaysia in upcoming events such as Commonwealth Games and Asian Games,” he added.
In all fairness, if BAM could create a second men’s singles selection trials to accommodate Misbun Ramdan Misbun and former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli’s schedule, BadmintonPlanet.com don’t see why it couldn’t do something similar for the women’s doubles to work around Hui Lin and Hui Ern’s schedule.