Purple League to the rescue for juniors

  • Badminton
  • Friday, 04 Sep 2020

New-look league: Purple League's chief operating officer Ho Khek Mong holding the league trophy as BAM secretary Datuk Kenny Goh (right) and Aeon Credit Service (M) Bhd managing director Yuro Kisaka look on.

KUALA LUMPUR: The junior shuttlers can finally afford to smile.

With no tournaments since March this year, they now have quality match-ups to look forward to, thanks to a new-look Purple League Junior (PLJ) next month.

The league will run from Oct 3 to Nov 22 with 40 teams which is an additional 22 teams compared to last year.

This year’s league will be unique as it will be held in four locations. It will start in Port Dickson, followed by Ipoh, Puchong and then Muar.

The top four teams in each city will then head to Putrajaya for the final elimination round.

A total of RM100,000 in prize money is up for grabs with the top-three teams taking home RM10,000, RM8,000 and RM5,000 respectively.

The icing on the cake is the winners will get to train with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) national junior team at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.

Purple League chief operating officer Ho Khek Mong is relieved that the league will go on despite the uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s a challenge to run tournaments during this time but we are going ahead. We will be putting in place all the required standard operating procedures to give a platform for our juniors to compete,” said Khek Mong.

“I’ve always believed in producing champions from the grassroots level and I’m glad that we’re able to provide a channel for our juniors to move up the ranks.

“Many juniors have come through this league and we hope to see many more new talents making their mark so that we don’t have to worry about finding a replacement for Lee Chong Wei,” he added.

In the past six years, shuttlers from PLJ have gone on to become top players in the national team such as world No. 10 Lee Zii Jia, Goh Jin Wei, Leong Jun Hao, Soh Wooi Yik and Aaron Chia.
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