Marvellous effort

Well done: Soh Wooi Yik’s The Avengers were crowned champions.

PETALING JAYA: The shuttlers who competed in the recently concluded BAM Mixed Team Championship did not turn into superheroes despite the Marvel names of their teams.

But they all had a smashing time in a competition that served two purposes – to sharpen their competitive edge and to instil a sense of leadership in the players.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann was happy to see the competitors giving it their best shot and also show their commitment and leadership.

He said the tournament was a success and the BAM got more than what they expected.

“We saw the players were committed across the board. The team spirit was overwhelming. Their commitment to giving their best in each tie must be lauded,” said Choong Hann.

“They also showed outstanding leadership and that was evident throughout the competition.

“We achieved the objective of putting the players on a platform where they need to take on responsibilities and meet the expectations of coaches. They also learned how to cope under stress.”

The championship saw The Avengers, led by national men’s doubles ace Soh Wooi Yik, crowned champions after prevailing 6-5 against Lee Zii Jia’s Terminators in a nail-biting finale.

The format is similar to the Sudirman Cup but had 10 events instead of five, with the introduction of a second men’s singles, a three-on-three match and three junior events.

Asked who the standouts were in the tournament, Choong Hann only said: “I believe every single individual in this competition was a winner.

“With the rivalry and competitiveness that they have shown this time, they have helped each other get better.”

Choong Han said the BAM are still on a learning curve to cope with the post-pandemic training environment.

“We’re learning every single time. We have done internal tournaments, such as the President Cup, the Junior and Senior playoffs.

“It is a new experience for us and we will analyse and try to create more internal tournaments which can help to maintain the players’ competitiveness.”

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