Exposure For Juniors

Taiwan, a rising force in world badminton, will also be sending its junior players to the MBA International Championships.

"There is a lack of high quality competition for players who are not part of the national squad under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)," he said.

Lee pointed out that BAM-organised events are mostly for national players.

"There are a lot of private badminton academies that want their players to be professionals. These players are equally as good (as the national players)."

He said the events organised by private academies such as MBA could become a form of sports tourism for Malaysia as international players would visit the country when they compete in these championships.

"We have been doing this for six years. We really want to grow this into a tourism event. Of course, the focus is still badminton," he added.

Last year, the MBA International Junior Age Group Badminton Championships attracted a total of 420 participants from 11 countries.

The event, which was launched by former deputy minister of Youth and Sports, Gan Ping Sieu, saw the participation of 11 countries. Among them were Iraq, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, India and Sri Lanka.

Lee said the confirmed entries for the MBA tournament are from Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

"Those who are interested to participate in this championship will have to pay a minimum of RM60 per participant.

"They will be eligible to compete in two events - singles and doubles for each category," he said.

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*Sumber Dari New Straits Times

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