PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on the Thomas Cup squad to do their best on homeground to regain the Thomas Cup after 18 years.
He said the government was always committed towards giving full support to the national squad.
“However, I do not want to put pressure on the players because if we always insist on them winning, it will add more pressure on them,” Najib said after opening the general assembly of branches under the Pekan Umno division, here yesterday.
The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the shuttlers, who have been in good form and would be playing at home, would be able to repeat the feat achieved in 1992.
Then, Malaysia beat Indonesia 3-2 in the final to capture the Cup.
“They (players) are talented, experienced and capable enough to represent the country and all factors favour us. I am confident they know what to do,” he said.
The Prime Minister, who is an avid fan and player himself, said every team who played in the competition would have the same mission – getting their hands on the prestigious Cup.
Meanwhile, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh expects tickets for the semi-finals and finals of the Thomas and Uber Cup competitions to be sold out soon due to overwhelming demand.
“Response has been tremendous. Almost all the semi-finals and finals tickets have been sold. But tickets for the preliminary round matches are still available.
“If Malaysia reach the semis or final, there will be a bigger demand,” he said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
He added that ticket counters would be open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today to enable fans to purchase tickets easily. — Bernama