Editorial (Thomas) – The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has decided to send a mix of young and experienced players to the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup badminton tournaments scheduled to take place in Aarhus, Denmark, October 3-11.
According to a statement released by BAM on Sunday, Malaysian number one individual player Lee Zii Jia will lead the singles team, alongside senior players Daren Liew and two young badminton players Cheam June Wei and Leong Jun Hao .
The inclusion of June Wei and Jun Hao on the Thomas Cup team is no surprise, having both impressed at the BAM Invitational Championships at Badminton Academy Malaysia in Bukit Kiara last month.
For men’s doubles, Malaysia’s number one pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik will work side by side with Goh Sze Fei, Nur Izzuddin Muhd Rumsani, Teo Ee Yi and Ong and Yew Sin.
Silver medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong duo is not on the list of the Malaysian Thomas Cup selection because they refused the invitation for reasons of personal commitment.
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For the Uber Cup, the best female badminton player in Malaysia, Soniia Cheah, will be the spearhead with the SEA 2019 gold medalist, S. Kisona. They will be supported by Goh Jin Wei and Eoon Qi Xuan.
BAM will also send three pairs of women, namely Chow Mei Kuan / Lee Meng Yean, Vivian Hoo / Yap Cheng Wen and Pearly Tan / M Thinaah.
In the Thomas Cup, Malaysia is in Group A with its traditional rivals, Indonesia, who have won 13 times, in addition to the Netherlands and England.
Meanwhile, at the Uber Cup, the Malaysian girls will face a much more difficult task, as they are in Group B, alongside South Korea, Indonesia and Australia.
Based on the tournament format, the top two teams in each group qualify for the quarterfinals.
Malaysia has won the Thomas Cup five times, namely in 1949, 1952, 1955, 1967 and 1992, while the neighborhood women’s team has never won the Uber Cup since it was held in 1957 in England.
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Reporter: Dadan Ramdani
Publisher: Aditya Eko Sigit Wicaksono
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