Kok Keong and Kim Hock full of praise for new format

  • Badminton
  • Friday, 16 Dec 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian badminton greats Foo Kok Keong and Yap Kim Hock have given the thumbs up to the new 30-minute per match ruling in the SS Purple League (SSPL).

The 53-year-old Kok Keong, famous for his endurance on court during his playing career, said the new format was tough but interesting.

“Players have to chase after time and that makes it interesting. They have to move fast and think fast,” said Kok Keong, a member of the 1992 Thomas Cup winning team.

“I believe the players will pick it up. The change is good for the sport.”

Yap Kim Hock, who won a silver with Cheah Soon Kit at the 1997 World Championships, said the players now have to think on their feet to adapt to the ruling.

“It’s a challenge to players and coaches. It all depends on playing the right strategy. The players will get better at it as the league progresses,” said the 46-year-old Kim Hock, the head coach of Petaling Badminton Club (PBC).

Organisers Malaysian Purple League chief executive officer Datuk Jack Koh said: “We wanted a compact and exciting format. Dominant players will try to finish the match quickly while defensive player will try to drag the match. There were ties lasting four to five hours last season, but now it will be shorter. It is good for the fans and help us increase our commercial value. And it’s also good for air-time.”

Yesterday, Jack unveiled five new sponsors for the league in a ceremony at a hotel here. Kim Hock, Kok Keong and Datuk Razali Ibrahim, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, were the special guests.

The new sponsors are Resorts World Genting, Li-Ning, 100PLUS, Pearl International Hotel and Lazada Malaysia.

The five together with title sponsors Samsung and Senheng have committed a total of RM6mil to run the league’s third season from Dec 12-Feb 12.

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