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Boost for Malaysia badminton’s future

Friday, 9 September 2016

Norza (back row, centre) together with representatives from all participating clubs in the Junior Purple League 2016 at the launch.

 

Season two of the Junior Purple League (JPL) kicks off on Sept 24, highlighting promising young local and foreign talents.

The month-long competition will bring together players from the age group of 13 to 18 to have a taste of a highly–competitive competition.

Top-ranking international juniors from China, Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand will add on to the heat of the mix, creating exposure for the young talents in playing this group of players.

The Junior Purple League (JPL) will feature 19 clubs, 10 in Division One and nine teams in Division Two, pitting themselves against each other in a league format played on three weekends from Sept 24 to Oct 16. The venues for the matches are Penang, Cyberjaya and Ampang Jaya.

After the completion of the JPL, the Junior Champions Challenge (JCC), which takes place in Sports Arena @ Bukit Serdang from Oct 20 to 23, will feature the 19 JPL teams and a few new entries to be introduced to the JCC, competing in a knockout format.

Unlike the JPL which focuses on consistency in a league format, JCC focuses on the minimisation of errors through the knockout format.

However, Malaysia is not short of its very own top young talents, especially in the form of Goh Jin Wei.

The Bandar Utama BC player is one to look out for in this competition as she won the gold for Malaysia in last year’s World Junior Championship in Peru while not forgetting that she is also ranked number 50 in the world.

Cheam June Wei is another young junior player to grace the green court, having won gold medal in the mixed doubles category in the Youth Olympics in China in 2014.

He is also currently the top Malaysian junior player. Others on the list include Lee Zii Jia, Ooi Zi Heng, Leong Jun Hao, Soh Wooi Yik, Thinaah Muralitharan, Ameer Amri Zainudddin and Indonesian Jauza Sugiarto, who is the younger sister of Tommy Sugiarto.

Also in attendance at the launch were BAM deputy president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, Purple League Sdn Bhd director Lim Yau Young and Senheng Electrical Sdn Bhd managing director Lim Kim Heng.

Norza commended Koh for the organisation of the JPL which has set a solid foundation and tailored to concurrently elevate the quality of badminton in the country and to produce a new era of champions moving forward.

Last season’s JPL champions Petaling BC witnessed one of their own players, Chen Tang Jie, representing Malaysia in the mixed doubles at the Asian Junior Championship in Bangkok, Thailand last July.

The Petaling BC captain, who hails from Negri Sembilan, had a great run in the mixed doubles event before falling short to China in the quarter final stage. However, he is now more determined than ever to continue to help Petaling BC defend the title.

Last season’s Junior Champions Challenge winners, Cheras BC vows to defend the title for a straight consecutive season with the target of having more players to be selected by BAM for try outs.

As the JPL evolves into a more competitive league, it will be interesting to see which team emerges top. It will also be the best opportunity for BAM to scout for future players to represent the country.

Division 1 teams:

Ampang Jaya BC; Bangsar Hawks BC; Bandar Utama BC; Cheras BC; Kepong BC; Muar BC; Petaling BC; Petaling Jaya BC; Puchong United BC and Serdang BC.

Division 2 teams:

Bukit Cheras BC; Bandar Maharani BC; Desa Petaling BC; Georgetown BC; Rawang BC; Rawang City BC; Tebrau City BC; Subang BC and Port Dickson Putra BC.

Source by: Internet

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