Azman Amman Badminton Academy Founder Proud To See His Charges Excel

Mohd Nuraidil Adha, who is studying in Bukit Jalil Sports School, partnered Boon Xin Yuan to edge Umar Al-Khattab-Zakri Idris 21-17, 29-27 in the boys’ Under-16 doubles final to win the title.

Meanwhile, his nine-year-old daughter Siti Nur Shuhaini played in the Under-14 girls singles event and lost in the quarter-finals.

Azman said that he picked up the sport eight years ago and encouraged his children to do the same.

“After I observed that my children had talent, I sought advice and training from former national player and former national coach Misbun Sidek.

“I began to learn about badminton and I have trained all my six children in the sport. But I see promising talent in Firdaus, Aidil Adha and Nur Shuhaini.

“We train about five times a week in Rawang and Hulu Selangor under the academy,” said Azman, adding that the training was starting to bear fruit.

In the girls’ Under-14 final, Dharshana Haridass edged Welnis Lim Peiy Link 16-21, 21-15, 21-13 to win the title.

Sufiyuddin Shafie partnered Umar Al-Khattab to beat Mohd Lufti-Abdul Hafiz 21-13, 21-16 in the Novice doubles final.

The tournament, jointly organised by Jaguh Gemilang Sports Centre, Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) and Rawang assemblyman’s office, saw more than 174 competitors.

Tournament organising chairman Jeyaseelan Anthony said that because of the encouraging response, they plan to add the Under-12 girls’ singles event and a professional category next year.

“The tournament is growing bigger each year and it is good to see so many talented youngsters turning up to compete.

“With more sponsorship, we plan to make the tournament even bigger,” said Jeyaseelan, who thanked major sponsors such as Apacs, ASB Rawang hall and Milo for supporting the event.

Selayang MP William Leong, who sponsored RM2,000, said the tournament was gaining international recognition with trainees from India taking part, and hoped more international participants would compete next year.

Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei said the standard of players had improved tremendously compared to previous years.

She said that previously, the players from Rawang were winning but now it had become more competitive and new players were emerging.

“This is how it should be. I hope this will encourage the younger players to keep training hard and improve the game,’’ said Gan, who presented RM8,000 to the organisers.

Also present was MPS councillor Gunarajah R. George, who presented RM5,000 to the organisers on behalf of MPS.

*Sumber Dari The Star

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