Purple League Junior to have third division

  • Badminton
  • Wednesday, 04 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: A third division, to unearth more badminton talent, will be introduced for the first time in this year’s Aeon Credit Purple League Junior. The first leg of the junior league will start this weekend (Sept 7) at the Sports Arena Falim in Ipoh and will carry on during alternate weekends until the final leg from Oct 19-20.

Malaysia Purple League chief executive officer Datuk Jack Koh said they were inaugurating a Division Three in response to the numerous requests to have additional slots for youngsters.

“For the third division, we welcome any junior players who think they are good enough but feel they don’t have the opportunity, to come and showcase their talent so that they know where they stand and can build up their level from there,” said Jack.

“Division One is mostly for the top juniors in South-East Asia who are preparing for the World Junior Championships (from Sept 30-Oct 13 in Kazan, Russia).

“We hold the league a month before the world meet, so we want to help the players prepare for the event in Russia.

“The Second Division is for juniors from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and the various states.”

Jack added that the response has been good with about 70 players who will be competing at the forthcoming world meet having signed up to play in the junior league.This year, Bukit Cheras BC will be defending their Division 1 title against the likes of Ampang Jaya BC, Petaling BC, Rawang BC and newly promoted Amanjaya BC and Kuantan Synergy BC.
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