Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced the Malaysia shuttlers squad for the Thomas & Uber cup Tournament which will be played from 20-27 May 2018 in Bangkok. They has been named 10 shuttlers for the each Thomas and uber cup but surprise thing is Organizers sending a youth Players instead of Experience for the Thomas and uber cup 2018.
BAM Said, “Also we want to expose our new talents in Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik. For the longest time we have been relying on our seniors, so it is time to give these young players a chance.
“If you realise, back in 2014 (New Delhi) Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were a scratch pair, and that was where they got their exposure. It is an investment for the future,” said Norza, who also surprised everyone by including newcomer (on three-month probation) Arif Latif in the squad.
Doubles shuttler Ong Yew Sing was left out from the squad list while their parter TEO Ee YI Made the cut which said by Norza “Because the other pairs are performing better, be it during training or even those who are on trial.
“We also look at players with character and personality. Looking at the recent Malaysia IC (April), players like Aaron-Wooi Yik did very well.
“We want players with hunger and the belief that they can take on anyone.
“We (BAM) have to be brave in making this decision, and I believe that this is the best squad we are sending.”
In the Thomas cup 2018 Malaysia who will be included in the Group D along with defending champions Denmark, Algeria, and Rusia while in the Uber cup Tournament team are also drawn in Group D along with china, France and Indonesia.
Thomas Cup squad: Lee Chong Wei, Lee Zii Jia, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Leong Jun Hao, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Aaron Chia, Soh Wooi Yik, Teo Ee Yi, Arif Latif
Uber Cup squad: Soniia Cheah, Goh Jin Wei, Lee Ying Ying, S.Kisona, Vivian Hoo, Chow Mei Kuan, Lee Meng Yean, Goh Yea Ching, Soong Fie Cho, Tee Jing Yi