• Chinese Taipei Open: June Wei out, Tai-Woon makes main draw

    Taiwan: Malaysia's top junior shuttler, Cheam June Wei faltered in the men's singles second qualifying match at the Chinese Taipei Open. The world number 373 went down to Thailand’s Mek Narongrit 21-11, 12-21, 23-21 in 52-minute. Earlier in the day, he upset last year's world junior champion Heo Kwang-hee of Korea with 21-13, 22-20 victory in his first qualifying match.Junior shuttler Cheam June Wei is the future of Malaysian badminton.

    Junior shuttler Cheam June Wei is the future of Malaysian badminton.

  • Asian juniors: Wei to go, Cheam

    KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Cheam June Wei led Malaysia to a good start in the opening day of the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan.

    Malaysia, as expected, defeated unheralded Sri Lanka 5-0 in their Group D tie on Sunday but their real challenge – against China – awaits them on Monday.

    June Wei, who is determined to come good in his second Asian junior meet, defeated Mahen Anjana Samaranayake 21-15, 21-11 to contribute one point.

  • China, Thailand stumbling block to juniors in Asian Champonships (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia face two big hurdles in the mixed team badminton event of the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23 – namely, China and Thailand.

    The 14 participating nations have been split into four groups. Groups A and B will comprise of four teams each while Groups C and D will have three teams each.Cheam June Wei will represent Malaysia in the boys' singles category of the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23.

    Malaysia have been drawn in Group D with China and Sri Lanka.

    The country will be represented by Cheam June Wei (boys’ singles), Ho Yen Mei (girls’ singles),  Chua Kek Wei-Cheam June Wei (boys’ doubles), Goh Yea Ching-Peck Yen Wei (girls’ doubles) and Chua Kek Wei-Peck Yen Wei (mixed doubles).

    The Malaysian team should have no problem getting past Sri Lanka. However they are expected to face a very tough match-up against China, who are the defending champions.

  • June Wei revels training with national team (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National junior shuttler Cheam June Wei will never forget his first experience of playing with his childhood idol, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, during a training session recently.

    It was only a seven-point match but it is still one that he will cherish.Cheam June Wei posing for a photo after training at the Bukit Kiara Sports Complex on Friday.

    “The first time I played against Chong Wei, I was only able to get one or two points. I was so nervous... I couldn’t believe I was playing a one-on-one match with him. But after that I was able to perform better and pick up like four to five points,” said the soft-spoken June Wei after a training session at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Friday.

    He said that Chong Wei “is my inspiration because of his intelligent style of play and skills”.

  • Junior shuttlers may miss out Youth Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may end up with the smallest number of entries for the badminton competition in the Youth Olympic Games this year if they do not start sending their juniors out in the next three months.

    Only boys’ singles shuttler Cheam June Wei is in the running for a spot based on his standing in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) junior rankings.

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