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Tee Jing Yi is one of three shuttlers who have been placed in Category B for the SEA Games in December. The BAM will have to fund their trip and it will be reimbursed if the trio win medals at the Games.
KUALA LUMPUR: The lack of depth in the women’s badminton squad was exposed yet again when three of them were named under Category B for the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.
It is the first time that badminton shuttlers have been placed under Category B in the biennial Games. Athletes under Category B will be funded by the association and the money will only be reimbursed if they win medals at the Games.
Those in Category B are second ranked women singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi and second ranked women’s pair Amelia Anscelly-Choong Fie Cho.
The other members in the Malaysian team are in Category A. They are Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Sonia Cheah. Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Tan Aik Huan-Lai Pei Jing.
During the selection of athletes by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) last week, the three women shuttlers were found to be lacking in experience.
In this year’s SEA Games, only five individual badminton events in the men and women categories respectively will be contested from Dec 9-14 at Naypyidaw.
The host has dropped the team competitions.
On Thursday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s secretary Ng Chin Chai said that they had accepted the decision of OCM’s selection committee although he felt that the women shuttlers had done well to maintain a good ranking.
Jing Yi is ranked 45th in the world and had represented Malaysia at the London Olympic Games last year. Amelia-Fie Cho just teamed up last year and they are currently ranked 38th in the world.
In fact, Amelia-Fie Cho put up a commendable showing before going down fighting in the second round of their maiden World Championships in Guangzhou recently.
“Kenny (Goh, general manager) proposed these names during the selection committee and they (OCM) decided that the three girls should not make the trip to Myanmar under Category A. We accept it,” said Chin Chai.
“It would have made a difference to us if there was a team event. Then, all would have been ranked under one category. We have had players ranked even lower in Category A in the past Games.”
In the absence of World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, whose status as a pair will be decided during a council meeting on Sept 7, Malaysia will be hardpressed to win even one of the 10 gold medals at stake.
The best bet would be World No. 5 Peng Soon-Liu Ying but then, they will have reigning world champions Ahmad Tantowi-Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia as their main threats. Besides Indonesia, new power house Thailand will be a big threat for Malaysia at the regional Games.
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