Malaysia's up-and-coming shuttlers gear up for World Juniors

KUALA LUMPUR: The national junior squad will continue training with the seniors as they head into the final stretch of preparation for the World Junior Championships in the United States.

BA of Malaysia (BAM) deputy development director Joanne Quay, said the team are focused on brushing up on their performance after the Malaysia Junior International Challenge last week.

Malaysia won titles in two events through Eogene Ewe (boys' singles) and Aaron Tai-Kang Khai Xing (doubles).

Also reaching the final in Perlis were mixed doubles Low Han Chen-Chong Jie Yu.

"We will be based here (Academy Badminton Malaysia) and continue our training sessions with the seniors.

"The aim is to brush up for the world juniors.

"Our psychologist will focus on the mental aspect of the players, while the coaches will work on the technicalities.

"Both the coaches and the psychologist will also work together on the players' strength and conditioning," said Joanne.

On Tuesday, BAM confirmed the selection of 11 players for the World Junior Championships in Spokane from Sep 25-Oct 8.

The selection was based on the players' ranking and their performance over the last six months.

At the previous edition in Spain, Malaysia ended their campaign without a medal and without a single representative in the quarter-finals.

The last time Malaysia finished on the podium was back in 2018 when Goh Jin Wei won the girls' singles gold for the second time and Pearly Tan-Toh Ee Wei secured the doubles silver.

The squad

Boys: Eogene Ewe, Faiq Masawi, Bryan Jeremy Goonting, Aaron Tai, Kang Khai Xing, Low Han Chen.

Girls: Chan Wen Tse, Chong Jie Yu, Ong Xin Yee, Siti Zulaikha Azmi, Carmen Ting.

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