KUALA LUMPUR: Here is a shout-out to all young aspiring shuttlers nationwide!
A new tournament - The Next1 Tournament - is set to make its grand entrance from Aug 14-17 and the winners of the main category - the men’s doubles Open (Under-23) will earn their places in the Malaysia’s Li Ning squad which boast the likes of Asian Games champion Tan Boon Heong and Olympic Games silver medallists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.
They will also get to rub shoulders and train with former internationals Woon Khe Wei, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Yeoh Seng Zoe.
This opportunity is made possible by sporting good manufacturer Li Ning, who is offering a lucrative sponsorship deal worth RM100,000 a year.
The winning pair will be given a chance to be professionals and Li Ning will cover their monthly allowances, supply equipment and take care of their tournament expenditures.
The tournament preliminaries will take place at the Sports Arena Sentosa in Jalan Klang Lama from Aug 14-16, followed by the grand finals at the One Utama shopping complex on Aug 17.
The other three categories contested are the boys’ singles, boys’ doubles and girls’ singles open to those aged 17 and below.
The winners and runners-up of these junior categories will walk away with RM8,000 and RM2,000 worth of equipment respectively.
The tournament is open to all Malaysians and the closing date is on July 15. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/LiNingTheNex1 or contact 011-5624 5414 (Kenn).