KUALA LUMPUR: Watch out for the new doubles pair of Lim Ming Chuen-Ong Wei Khoon to ruffle some feathers at the Perak Open badminton championships in Ipoh from July 25-30.
On Sunday, Ming Chuen-Wei Khoon gave their newly-formed professional club Street Warriors a big boost when they nailed their first international title at the Apacs Kazakhstan International Series in Uralsk.
The 20-year-old Ming Chuen and Wei Khoon, 19, defeated Russians Gordey Kosenko-Vadim Novoselov 21-18, 17-21, 21-18 in the men’s doubles final.
The club could have made it a double joy for Malaysia but Bolriffin Khairul Tor-Ng Sin Er went down 21-12, 21-12 to Russians Anatolia Yartsen-Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the mixed doubles final.
Former international Chor Hooi Yee, who is an executive committee member of the Cheras-based club, was pleased as punch over the players’ success.
“We only formed the club in April. The players are trained by former national coach Rina Tan. We have 14 players under our care,” said Hooi Yee, who together with Lim Pek Siah were the first Malaysians to reach the women’s doubles quarter-finals at the World Championships in Glasgow in 1997.
“These young players either did not make the national team or did not get a place at the Bukit Jalil Sports School. This club gives them a second chance to come good in badminton.
“We are fortunate that we have a good sponsor. All these 14 players will be send to compete in as many international tournaments as possible. We have lined up the Perak Open as their next tournament. They will take part in Division One,” added Hooi Yee, who also runs the Hooi Yee Sport in Taman Maluri in Kuala Lumpur.