KUALA LUMPUR: The matches had its thrills but the environment of the simulation exercise for the Thomas-Uber Cup squads could have been better, according to former international Kwan Yoke Meng.
Yoke Meng had expected an electrifying atmosphere but came out of the hall disappointed as there were less than 200 fans at the Juara Stadium.
The former member of the 1992 Thomas Cup team, who defeated Indonesia 3-2 in the final, said the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) could have given more thought in planning the event.
“I only saw familiar faces and not many fans turned up. Imagine if this was held in Seremban or Tampin ... it would have attracted a massive crowd. The atmosphere would have been more lively,” said Yoke Meng.
“With top names like Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the team, I am sure many juniors would have made their way to watch them. It would have been a nice way to promote the game too.”
“The High Performance Team (HPT) should have thought about all this but maybe, they did not have much time. However, having a simulation so close to the tournament also has its danger as players could get injured.”
The simulation was part of the team’s preparation for the Asian Zone qualifiers, which will begin in Macau on Monday.
The Thomas Cup team of Chong Wei, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Liew Daren, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Kien Keat-Boon Heong. Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Hoon Thien How, Teo Kok Siang and the Uber Cup team of Tee Jing Yi, Lydia Cheah, Sannatasah Saniru, Yang Li Lian, Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei and Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo will leave for Macau tomorrow.