THE Astro Junior Championships U15 (AJC) (Regional) saw Exist Badminton Club from Indonesia crowned champions and taking home their share of the USD12,000 (RM50,000) prize pool.
The team defeated Anhui Soyu Badminton Club from China, 3-1, with the runners up receiving USD3,000 (RM12,500) cash, a trophy and medals.
The 10 players (five men and five women) from Exist Badminton Club include: Bintang Diaz Putra Sutisna, Hendrawan, Iqbal Diaz Saputra, Muhammad Ridhwanul Arifin, Nauval Syaputra, Fadillah Nur Hidayah, Irgi Apprilla Hizkia Rifa Putri, Shiva Nabilla Putri, Siti Zarah Azzahra and Vyananda Bintang Racketta.
They beat 13 other teams from across the region to take home a cash prize of USD5,000 (RM21,000), a trophy and medals presented by Astro sports chief Lee Choong Kay.
“The AJC (Regional) was a fantastic opportunity for these young,
talented shuttlers to put their skills to the test with their equals from across Asia.
“We are proud of their performance and sportsmanship they displayed throughout the four-day event.
“We hope they can use this experience as a stepping stone to represent their countries professionally on the global stage.
“As the ‘home of sports’ in Malaysia, Astro looks forward to continue raising the overall standard of badminton among Malaysians and to nurture a new generation of badminton champions through more regional and global initiatives,” said Lee at the tournament held at Stadium Juara in Kuala Lumpur.
Astro Junior Championships U15 is a mixed-team competition which aims to provide an additional platform for young shuttlers to compete in national and regional tournaments.
The Championships expose and nurture these young shuttlers through a competitive-playing experience.
Prior to the AJC (Regional), the AJC (National) was held between Sept 6-9 amongst Malaysian teams where national-level champion (Wolf Team) and runner-up (CRC Taipex Penang) qualified to the AJC (Regional).
Semi-finalists, D’Jarum Badminton Club and Ragunan Sports School, both from Indonesia, were each awarded USD2,000 (RM8,400) in prize money, as well as a trophy and medals.
Astro Junior Championships U15 is endorsed by Badminton Asia and Badminton Association of Malaysia and supported by the Youth and Sports Ministry, Education Ministry, Tourism, Art and Culture Ministry, F&N Beverages Marketing, Victor Sports and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara Hotel.
For details on the Astro Junior Championship and full results, visit www.astrokasih.org/championships
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