PETALING JAYA: With international meets still some distance away, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) could emulate the All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) by spicing up internal tournaments into exciting affairs.As the badminton season is not expected to restart before September, the national players are badly in need of top-quality matches to get their competitive juices flowing again.
BAM secretary Datuk Kenny Goh (pic) has already said they were planning to have more simulation matches and internal mini-tournaments to keep the players sharp and competitive.
He said yesterday that the national body could spice things up by showing these matches “live” to get local fans excited, just as PBSI are doing.
PBSI, in partnership with local broadcaster Mola TV, have been running the “Mola TV PBSI Home Tournament” for two weeks now, with the first two events – men’s doubles and mixed doubles – completed as of last week.
The tournament is played in an Open tournament format and all Indonesian national shuttlers, including their top stars Anthony Ginting, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, are involved.
“We are exploring that (possibility of ‘live’ matches) indeed, ” said Kenny, but he also pointed out that it would take a while before BAM could organise a tournament like that.
“There are no details we can release at this point of time as we have just welcomed back the rest of the squad to training.”
“Apparently the Korean side have also conducted their internal competitions too, and Taiwan are planning one in early August.
“But unlike us, these teams resumed their training earlier.”
The first group of 17 players, including seven Road to Tokyo (RTT) members, had been training for more than a month now since they were given the green light on June 1.
The remaining 35, comprising mostly back-up shuttlers, will restart today after all of them were cleared of Covid-19 following swab tests done on Sunday.
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