Talents aplenty at event


Selayang Municipal (MPS) councillor Gunarajah R. George (centre) presenting a mock cheque to the Men’s Open singles champion Goh Chap Chin (right) while Jeyaseelan (left) looks on.

ORGANISERS of the recently concluded 7th Rawang Open Badminton Tournament at Dewan Badminton ASB in Bandar Baru Rawang, will include more junior categories next year to make the event more competitive.

Tournament organising chairman Jeyaseelan Anthony said the tournament was a huge success with participants from eight countries – India, Syria, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Germany – taking part and gaining exposure.

“We had a total of 355 participants competing in 11 categories and it was very exciting to see local junior talents sparring against young boys and girls from abroad.

“Next year, we plan to bring the tournament forward to somewhere in June to ensure it does not clash with other tournaments. It will be the first time that we will be doing this but it is for the benefit of the players competing.

“We have also planned to reduce the gap in the age group categories by including Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 age group categories for boys and girls.

“This year, we had a huge age gap among the junior categories as 13-year-old players were pitted against 15-year-old players in the tournament.

Azman (seated left) with his wife and children after they won three titles at the 7th Rawang Open Badminton Tournament at Dewan Badminton ASB in Bandar Baru Rawang.
Azman (seated left) with his wife and children after they won three titles at the 7th Rawang Open Badminton Tournament at Dewan Badminton ASB in Bandar Baru Rawang.

“By reducing the age gap, we hope to get more juniors participating and raw talents should shine during this tournament. This will also encourage young players to enhance their game.

“This will give school players an edge where they can pit their skills to prepare for the Selangor Schools Sports Council and Malaysian Schools Sports Council meets earlier,’’ said Jeyaseelan, who is also the Rawang Badminton Club (RBC) founder.

The tournament, jointly organised by RBC, Selayang Municipal Council, Selayang MP service centre and the Rawang Assemblyman’s Service Centre, was sponsored by Apacs, Nestle Sdn Bhd, Pusat Tuisyen Jaguh Gemilang and FX United Malaysia.

Jeyaseelan added that RBC scouts had identified talents from the tournament to be included into the club for training.

“From here, we will train the players and include them as part of the team for the Junior Purple League’s (JPL) Champions Challenge next year.

“This is part of RBC’s Talent Identification Development (TID) programme to look for talent in two districts -- Gombak and Hulu Selangor -- to become future Malaysian badminton players.

“RBC is concerned in developing future badminton players and identifying talents in this tournament is our priority,’’ he said.

Azman Amman, founder and coach of Azman Amman Badminton Academy, had his children winning three out of six junior categories.

His daughter Siti Nurushuhaini Azman thrashed Tai Jo Ji 21-15, 21-4 to win the girls’ Under-12 singles title. His son’s Mohd Nurfirdaus Azman beat Fabian Wong 21-13, 21-10 to win the boys’ Under-15 singles title and elder brother Mohd Nuraidil Adha Azman beat Umar Al Khattab 21-13, 21-12 to win the boys’ Under-18 singles title.

Kasturi Radhakrishnan on her way to winning the girls Under-15 singles title.
Kasturi Radhakrishnan on her way to winning the girls Under-15 singles title.

RESULTS – All Finals

Singles

Men’s Open: Goh Gap Chin bt Sufiyuddin Shaffie 21-14, 21-12.

Boys’ Under-12: Alif Adabi bt M. Perdana (w/o)

Girls’ Under-12: Siti Nurushuhaini Azman bt Tai Jo Ji 21-15, 21-4.

Boys’ Under-15: Mohd Nurfirdaus Azman bt Fabian Wong 21-13, 21-10.

Girls’ Under-15: Kasturi Radhakrishnan bt Dharshana Haridass 21-18, 21-17.

Boys’ Under-18: Mohd Nuraidil Adha Azman bt Umar Al Khattab 21-13, 21-12.

Doubles

Men’s Veteran: M. Wahid-Chan Teng Swee bt Zullkafli-Norazam Isa 21-11, 21-6.

Men’s Novice: Hanafi Ahmad-Jamaludin Norazuan bt Terrance Lim Jit Hui-Tan Lit Chean (w/o)

Women’s Open: Nursyahirah Razali-Nurul Hedayu bt Chia Kar Yan-Onn Ai Yuan 24-22, 21-16.

Men’s Open: Sufiyuddin Shaffie-Zairul Hafiz bt Sim Yong Hen-Lim Kah Sheng 25-23, 24-22.

Boys’ Under-15: Yap Khai Quan-Nur Akmal bt Nurfirdaus Azman-Fabian Wong 21-11, 21-17.

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