• Back-up shuttlers to taste team action in Indonesia (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: All the top national back-up players, spearheaded by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, will get a taste of what it’ll take to play in the Thomas Cup Finals when they compete in Indonesia’s Djarum Super League in Surabaya.

    The league began on Monday but the Malaysian Tigers will only go into action on Tuesday in the one-week team competition that offers 1bil rupiah (RM278,009) in total prize money.National back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain, seen here in training, will compete in the week-long Djarum Super League in Surabaya with his fellow team-mates, beginning Tuesday.

    Besides Iskandar, those representing Malaysian Tigers are Goh Soon Huat, Chong Yee Han, Tan Kian Meng, Teo Ee Yi-Nelson Heg Wei Keat, Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han and Low Juan Seng.

  • Taking a look at Malaysia's future stars (pic)

    Target: World Championships and Olympic Games (2016-2020)Soong Joo Ven, 18, is a hardworking shuttler and a good team player. He has the makings of a champion.

    Name: Misbun Ramdan Misbun
    DOB: 3/1/1991 (23 years old)
    World ranking: 44
    Assessment: Probably should not have left the national setup after winning the national title in 2012. Ramdan however has matured significantly and has been in good physical form too. He is also cool and calm like his father, Misbun Sidek. At 23, he should peak earliest compared to the rest.

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