Their world rankings do not matter if Malaysia ‘s individual shuttlers can not attach importance to the Thomas Cup team.
This has been confirmed by BAM coaching director Wong Choong Hann as the national body is ready to admit short-listed professionals at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara on July 15 for the organized training system Thomas and Uber Cup.
The Thomas and Uber Cup Finals are set to take place in Aarhus, Denmark, from 3-11 Oct in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
BAM ‘s elite shuttles under the Path to Tokyo (RTT) system have begun training this month after the government obtained the nod in May.
Since exercise rehabilitation and leisure practices under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) have been granted the green light to restart, BAM is required to put back its reserve players on
July 1, until it opens its doors to professional performers.
Top men’s doubles, Lee Zii Jia and Cheam June Wei are almost guaranteed to enter the squad but BAM still has plenty of choices at their fingertips with former Asian junior champion Leong Jun Hao and young trio Ng Tze Yong, Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin and Lim Chong King. If that’s not all, Thomas Cupper, Liew Daren and former BAM shuttler Soong Joo Ven staked their claims for Thomas Cup action in 2014 as well.
For the men’s doubles, apart from champions of the Sea Games Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, the remaining two slots will be a three-way fight between national No 2, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani, 2016 Olympic silver medallists, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and this year’s Thailand Masters champion
Having a mixture of national as well as independent players in the past had worked in favor of BAM. Malaysia went all the way to the final at the Asia Team Championships in February, beating the likes of Japan and South Korea before losing 3-1 against Indonesia.