June Wei thankful for backing as he eyes Paris Olympics


Huge boost: Cheam June Wei posing with BT Bina’s managing director Datuk David Tan (left) and Apacs’ general manager Jabbery Lim (right).

PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Cheam June Wei’s luck continues to roll.

June Wei, who quit the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last month, has found two sponsors to support his journey to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

BT Bina Group Sdn Bhd will be coming in a big way to support him for three years until the Paris Games while Apacs have come in as equipment sponsor.

The help from his sponsors has come in timely as June Wei gets ready for his first World Championships in Huelva, Spain starting on Sunday. He was lucky to make the trip as one of the last few qualifiers for the world meet following many withdrawals.

“Their support means a lot to me since I’ve quit the national team. They are willing to help me through this difficult time and I’m so grateful. BT Bina (renowned developer) will be my main sponsor,” said June Wei.

Cheam June Wei posing with Apacs’ general manager Jabbery Lim (right)Cheam June Wei posing with Apacs’ general manager Jabbery Lim (right)

“I’ll be competing in my first world championships next week and now, thanks to my sponsors, I have an opportunity to qualify for my first Olympics too. I hope to make good use of it.”

Boosted by the financial support, June Wei hopes to make his world championships debut memorable too. The other men’s singles in the fray are another independent player Liew Daren and BAM’s Lee Zii Jia.

“I aim to have a good time in my first world meet. It’s a new experience to participate in my first tournament as an independent player. I’ve to stand on my own feet,” said June Wei, who plans to spar with Daren as part of his preparation.

June Wei has been drawn to face Kenta Nishimoto of Japan in the first round and has a shot in his quarter. Players from his quarter – top seed Kento Momota of Japan and Jonatan Christie have withdrawn from the world meet for different reasons.

Momota has decided to skip due to injury while Jonatan and the rest of the Indonesian team have snubbed the world meet due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

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