PETALING JAYA: Two hundred and thirty shuttlers from more than 100 schools across Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang took to the courts at Dewan Badminton Masterscaff in Kemaman, Terengganu, last weekend for Qualifying Round Three of the Allianz Junior Badminton Championship (AJBC).
Arshdip Singh from SMK Hwa Lian clinched the boys’ Under-15 singles title while the boys’ doubles Under-15 crown went to Mohd Airel from SMK Tengku Bariah and Zulfadhly Iman from SMK Bukit Sawa.
In the Under-13 girls’ category, Mirza Batrisyia from SK Pawang Nong captured a double by winning the singles title and the doubles event with Lai Wan Ru from SMK Hwa Lian.
Supported by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM), the tournament will start with seven qualifying rounds to be held between July and November.
The finalists from all seven qualifying rounds will then come together for the AJBC Camp ahead of the Grand Finals.
Allianz Malaysia Berhad chief executive officer Sean Wang said: “We are thrilled that the AJBC tournament has been so well received.
‘’We are almost at the halfway mark of the tournament and the participation rate thus far has been very encouraging but more importantly, the talent pool has truly wowed us. We have four more qualifying rounds in Ipoh, Penang, Port Dickson and Kluang.”
AJBC Qualifying Round Three
Boys’ singles: Mohd Ilham, SMK Sultan Sulaiman
Boys’ doubles: Khashah Khairul, SK Kubang Kerian and Mohd Fakhrul, SK Sultan Ibrahim 4
Girls’ singles: Mirza Batrisyia, SK Pawang Nong
Girls’ doubles: Mirza Batrisyia, SK Pawang Nong and Lai Wan Ru, SMK Hwa Lian
Under-15 (14 to 15-year-olds)
Boys’ singles: Arshdip Singh, SMK Hwa Lian
Boys’ doubles: Mohd Airel, SMK Tengku Bariah and Zulfadhly Iman, SMK Bukit Sawa
Girls’ singles: N. Mishaliny, SMK Air Putih
Girls’ doubles: Nur Syahira Nabila, SMK Kompleks Tembesu and Goh Sze Qi, SMK Chung Hwa Wei Sin