INDONESIA IS MALAYSIA’S BIGGEST THREAT IN GROUP C OF ASIA JUNIOR MEET

The mixed team and individual draw for the Badminton Asia Junior Championship was finalized today at Badminton Asia (BA) office in Damansara. The draw ceremony was witnessed by BA’s Chief Operating Officer, Kenny Goh, BAM’s Development Committee chairman, David Wee, national junior coach, Kwan Yoke Meng and some of the players who will be competing at the championships next week.

   

This year’s competition will be held once again in Bangkok and 19 countries have confirmed their participation.

 

Malaysia has been drawn in Group C with Indonesia being their biggest threat, followed by Chinese Taipei, Mongolia and Myanmar. Group A comprises of reigning champions, China, then Korea, Singapore and Kazakhstan while Group B will be led by Japan, Hong Kong China, Macau and Sri Lanka. Thailand on the other hand will have India, Philippines and Vietnam in Group D.

   

Based on the draw, Malaysia has to top the group to avoid meeting China in the quarter-finals, however, they will still have to face Korea in the event, Korea becomes the runner-up in Group A.

 

According to coach Kwan Yoke Meng, the draw may seem tougher than the other groups, but he is confident that his charges will still do well.

 

“We have a good team this year with players like Goh Jin Wei, M. Thinaah, Lee Zii Jia, Leong Jun Hao and Sim Fong Hau who have been doing well in the last few months and we are hoping that they will continue to perform their best in Bangkok next week,” said Yoke Meng after the ceremony.

   

As for Japan and Thailand who are in Group B and D respectively, they are expected to advance to the quarter-finals barring an upsets in the group stage.

 

The players who were present today were Lee Zii Jia, Chen Tang Jie, S.Kisona and M. Thinaah had the opportunity to witness and also participate at the draw ceremony. According to BA’s Administrative and Events Manager, Chooi Weng Sheng, this is the first time, they are organizing the event in the presence of the players.

 

We wanted to have the transparency and at the same time to expose the junior players on how the draw is made for them to understand the system and methods employed. It is also Badminton Asia’s initiative to improve and reach to all stakeholders,” said Chooi at the ceremony today.

SCG Badminton Asia Junior Championships 2016

GROUP A

GROUP B

GROUP C

GROUP D

CHINA

JAPAN

INDONESIA

THAILAND

KOREA

HONG KONG CHINA

MALAYSIA

INDIA

SINGAPORE

MACAU CHINA

CHINESE TAIPEI

PHILIPPINES

KAZAKHSTAN

SRI LANKA

MONGOLIA

VIETNAM

 

MYANMAR

 

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