Purple League Junior all set to go but with little lustre

KUALA LUMPUR: A new-look Purple League Junior (PLJ) will start today but without the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players.

The national body have decided against sending their players due to safety reasons for the junior league, which is expected to run from today until Nov 22.

Said BAM secretary Datuk Kenny Goh: “We were advised to withdraw our top juniors. They will not feature in the league for the time being.

“Our junior players (at Stadium Juara) have gone through quarantine before they began their centralised training and we do not want to take a risk with the Covid-19 cases on the rise right now.”

With no tournaments since March this year, the BAM juniors had looked forward to some quality match-ups during the league, which had attracted more than 30 teams.

This year’s league is 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.

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