BAM celebrates National Sports Day in grand fashion

  • Badminton
  • Saturday, 14 Oct 2017

Lee Chong Wei, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Liu Ying autograph the jerseys of children from Rumah Kesayangan Petaling Jaya and Stepping Stones Living Centre in conjunction with the National Sports Day.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) celebrated the National Sports Day in a grand fashion.

On Saturday (Oct 14), the national body invited 40 children between the ages from 8 to 14 from two homes - Rumah Kesayangan Petaling Jaya and the Stepping Stones Living Centre to have a fun taste of training with the national shuttlers at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.

The children also had a gala time as they queued up for an autograph session with Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Tan Wee Kiong, Goh Liu Ying, Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei, to mention a few.

They also watched a short movie that depicted the success of Malaysian shuttlers.

Singles head coach Datuk Misbun Sidek gave an inspiring talk to the children before he led the kids to a fun session with the national shuttlers.

All the 18 courts in ABM were filled up with every child getting a chance to sweat it out.

Misbun said it was a special time for both the children and players.

“It’s a special time. I understand the plight of these children because like some of them, I’ve lost my parents too. I know the hardships they go through,” said Misbun.

He added that the event is a great opportunity for the children to rub shoulders with the icons and it’s a good way for our shuttlers to give back to the community.

“By showing the children attention and love, I believe that we have sown the seed in the heart of these children to be successful in sports. They may be less-privileged but they have a shot of becoming a badminton star if they work hard,” said Misbun.

Chong Wei was just happy to see the smiles on the faces of the children.

"This is surely a nice way to inspire these children. I'm glad to be part of it," said Chong Wei, who will be taking part in the Denmark Open in Odense next week.

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