TEENAGE sensation, Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin is currently one of the hottest prospects in the local badminton scene.
And it all began in the Purple League Junior (PLJ) where fans got a first glimpse of the rising superstar who is expected to rule the roost for Malaysia in the future.
Fresh from winning a silver medal in the boys’ singles of the Malaysia Games (Sukma), the 18-year-old is set to unleash his prodigious talents on a bigger stage – the World Junior Championships in Markham, Canada next month.
But before that, he has some unfinished business especially in the ongoing PLJ 2018 where he plays for defending Division One champions, Cheras Badminton Club.
The shuttler has been with the club since the inception of the PLJ in 2015 and his four-year stint with them is beginning to blossom.
On the opening weekend last week, Aidil smashed his way to convincing 3-0 wins over opponents from Puchong United Badminton Club and Petaling Badminton Club to contribute six points to his side.
The club are in seventh in the league standings after experiencing a double set back, losing 8-9 to Puchong United Badminton Club and 7-12 against Petaling Jaya Badminton Club.
Aidil’s gutsy performance in the opening round coupled with his breakthrough season last year sealed the deal for the former national youth champion who has agreed to join the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Commenting on the latest offer, Aidil expressed his delight at finally fulfilling his long-held ambition of joining the national body after a long wait.
He said, “BAM asked me to join them and I will report for duty in December.
“For the time being, I am still training with Cheras BC. Of course I am happy that this opportunity has finally materialised after a long wait. But on the other hand, I also feel nervous about joining BAM.
“I will be going to the World Junior Championships under their banner.
“It is the second time I am competing in the world juniors and I hope to do my best there to repay the faith of BAM in me,” added Aidil.
He also expressed his gratitude towards his two coaches at Cheras BC, Rashid Sidek and Nova Armada who laid the foundation for him during his formative years.
“I hope to do my best in Canada and improve on my performance. The PLJ has given me the best platform for me to improve my game, having gained experience playing against many foreign players from China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore last season,” said Aidil.
The PLJ resumes tomorrow with matches at the Sports Arena in Puchong, Selangor.
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