VOLUNTEERS from Sri Murugan Centre (SMC) will serve as technical officials during the SMC Cup badminton championship.
The organisers – SMC Youth Core and MIBA, a badminton entity helmed by former international A. Thanabalan, initiated a half-day technical officials’ course for the volunteers.
MIBA technical chairman K. Vasudevan, a qualified badminton umpire, was the instructor. About 40 participants, most of whom were university graduates, were given an insight into umpiring and judging.
The participants were briefed on the rules of badminton as well as signs to display while serving as line judges.
After the theory sessions, the participants were given the opportunity to attend a practical programme.
Programme coordinator M. Ruben said their partnership with MIBA has been a fruitful one.
“MIBA will play a key role in our badminton programmes. Their assistance will certainly help our volunteers be active in badminton as umpires, service and line judges.
“In the past, we relied on outsiders to serve during badminton championships organised by SMC. But from now on we can invite our volunteers for in-house competitions,” said Reuben.
Vasudevan commended SMC for organising the programme.
“There are a lot of opportunities for our youngsters to progress as badminton technical officials. Those who attended the course should make an effort to register for Badminton Association of Malaysia certified umpiring courses,” said Vasudevan.
Former international Datuk James Selvaraj gave away certificates to the participants and also promised to assist SMC in their badminton programmes.
The volunteers’ first assignment as line and service judges, will be the qualifying rounds of the SMC Cup badminton championship starting on Sept 30.
The championship, offering a total cash purse of RM24,000, will be held in nine states.
The first qualifying round will be in Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur on Sept 30. The second will be in Pahang, Penang, Kedah and Perak on Oct 7.
Each match will comprise three ties – boys’ singles, boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles – and a team can register seven players.
The champions in each state will receive RM1,000 and the runners-up RM500. The top two teams from each state will also qualify for the grand finals to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras on Nov 4.
The champions in the grand finals will win RM5,000, individual medals and the SMC Cup while the runners-up will get RM3,000.
The third and fourth placed teams will receive RM1,500 and RM1,000, respectively.
The champions will also get a chance to attend a training stint at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in India.
The Under-12 championship, with its tagline – In Search of a World Champion – attracted about 150 schools last year.
SJK Kulim, Kedah, became the champions last year after overcoming Selangor’s SJK Kajang 2-0 in the final. SJK Lorong Jaya beat SJK Tun Sambanthan for third place.
Reuben said they have been getting encouraging feedback from schools wanting to participate in the SMC Cup.
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