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by stuart michael
SETIA Badminton Academy (SBA) will be holding the International Junior badminton championships at its academy in Bandar Setia Alam, Shah Alam in June.
The championships for students aged 10 to 18, is expected to be held over a four-day period, with mostly South-East Asian countries invited to take part.
However, the exact dates have not been finalised.
According to SBA chief executive officer Capt (Rtd) Datuk Liew Siong Sing, the tournament aims to expose junior trainees from SBA to international competitions.
“SBA has more than 300 trainees, aged six to 18, who are training in Shah Alam and Subang regularly. Taking part in an international tournament will be good exposure for them.
“In fact, two current national junior trainees — Soong Joo Ven and Yang Li Lian — are products of SBA.
“We have also trained many top national shuttlers in the past,’’ he said.
SBA organised the SP Setia Under-17 International Invitational Basketball tournament in August last year but not many foreign teams took part.
Liew said as badminton was a popular sport among youths in Malaysia and those in South-East Asian countries, they expect better response.
Liew said SBA’s main objective was to promote and organise badminton tournaments and not other sports.
He stressed that SBA has world-class facilities and that many foreign countries sent their trainees to train at SBA for long periods.
“For instance, the Brazilian national badminton players were with us for two months while the Egyptian team was training here in SBA for one-and-a-half months last year.
“Last year, players from Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, England and Czech Republic also trained at SBA and sparred against our junior trainees,’’ he added.
He said those living in Klang, Meru, Shah Alam and Kapar should send their children to SBA for training.
“With renowned and former world champion Han Jian as the head coach, children will learn to play badminton the right way,” he said.
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