New blood needed for badminton, says Khairy

  • Badminton
  • Sunday, 22 May 2016

BALIK PULAU: Malaysia need new blood to fill in the shoes of retiring badminton players within the next two years, says Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said they would field a younger team at the next Thomas Cup Finals in 2018 as several players from the current squad like Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boong Heong would not be around.

“We need to step up efforts in badminton. We want new talents to take over these players,” said Khairy.

“Morten Frost (Badminton Association of Malaysia technical director) has acknowledged the need to re-build a new team,” Khairy said after the Fit Malaysia Penang at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri in Balik Pulau, Penang on Sunday.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (third left) and Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Hilmi Yahya (third right), Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah(second right) leading the crowd by working out while participating in the FIT Malaysia Penang at Balik Pulau.Starpic by LIM BENG TATT/ THE STAR / 22 May 2016
Khairy leads the team in a workout during the Fit Malaysia Penang. - LIM BENG TATT/The Star

Those expected to stay around are Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem and probably Lee Chong Wei too.

Khairy said that Malaysia would still depend on Chong Wei even though the latter had stated that the edition in Kunshan would be his last. 

“He will be 35-years-old in 2018 but I am confident that he will still be able to deliver, probably as the third singles player.

The Fit Malaysia Penang had attracted 12,111 participants for cycling event (30km, 10km) and running (10km, 5km). 

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