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  • Community Sports
  • Wednesday, 09 Oct 2019

KSKBC A, Tactical Winpro Badminton Team, Ampang Jaya BC (A) and NSBA are the best teams at this year’s junior championship badminton competition.

VICTORY shouts echoed through the halls of Stadium Juara as KSKBC A team seized the title at this year’s Astro Junior Championships tour badminton tournament.

Defeating Tactical Winpro Badminton Team in the nail-biting final, the champions surged forward to a three-point lead and took home the grand cash prize of RM6,000, trophy and medals.

Making their way into the semi-finals were also Ampang Jaya BC (A) and NSBA.

Both teams walked away with RM2,500 prize money as well as trophy and medals.

The Astro Junior Championships is a Under-15 mixed team competition which aims to provide an additional platform for young shuttlers to compete in national tournaments while exposing them to competitive-play experience.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain and Yayasan Astro Kasih chairman Tan Sri Azlan Zainol presented the champions and runner-ups with the prizes.

Also present were Malaysia School Sports Council principal assistant director V. Muraleedharan and Astro communications director Tammy Toh.

“Thanks to Astro and Education Ministry, this is a good initiative and a welcome addition to the continuing efforts of developing the sport of badminton at the grassroots level,” said BAM development committee chairman Datuk Ng Chin Chai.

The junior championships saw 32 top youth teams from various states compete in the Under-15 mixed team competition.The junior championships saw 32 top youth teams from various states compete in the Under-15 mixed team competition.

“Astro is pleased to work with BAM and the Education Ministry for Astro Junior Championships. Our role as media and broadcaster is to provide the platform to help identify and discover the next rising badminton star. Over the years, we are happy to be able to inspire 16,000 young badminton players to improve their performance and achieve their dreams,” said Toh.

KSKBC A team member Wee Yee Hern, 15, from Johor, said he was always grateful for the opportunity to play competitively.

“It is through grassroots junior badminton circuits like the Astro Junior Championships that we are able to learn from and compete with our peers, which help me to further strengthen and hone my badminton skills,” he said.

The tournament is an extension of the successful Astro Kem Badminton, a collaboration between the ministry and BAM, which has benefited more than 15,800 participants between the ages 10 and 12 since its inception in 2012.


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