KUALA LUMPUR: It’s unfair.
Cheras Badminton Club team manager Raezal Hussein is disappointed that Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have overlooked national boys’ Under-18 champion Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin for the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, from July 14-22.
Last week, the BA of Malaysia named eight boys and eight girls for the Asian meet but unfortunately, the professional club’s aspiring player Aidil was missing from the list.
Only one non-BAM player K. Letshana of Selangor made the cut.
Raezal said the BA of Malaysia did not keep to their word in practicing an open door policy as far as selection of players was concerned.
“Aidil has proven himself by winning the boys’ Under-18 title last December but he was not even called for a selection trial,” said Raezal.
“Last year, the BAM was open in their selection process. All the club players were invited for open selection trial and Aidil was selected for the world junior meet.
“I was surprised when the Asian junior squad name list was released. What were the criteria for selection? When was the trial held? All players have to be given a fair chance.
As Aidil is from Selangor, Raezal said he would submit a letter of an appeal to Selangor BA president Datuk V. Subramanim to facilitate the selection process issue.
“We hope the BA of Malaysia will re-look this matter,” said Raezal.
Aidil is currently coached by former singles great Rashid Sidek at Cheras BC. At the world junior in Yogjakarta last year, Aidil lost in the boys’ singles third round.
Boys: Ng Tze Yong, Lim Chong King, Chia Wei Jie, Chong Hon Jian, Chang Yee Jun, Chua Yue Chern, Lwi Sheng Hao, Oii Jhy Dar.
Girls: Eoon Qi Xuan, Go Pei Kee, K. Letshana, Pearly Tan Koong Le, Toh Ee Wei, Yap Ling, Eng Sin Jou, Teoh Lexuan.