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BAM secretary general Kenny Goh.
BAM secretary general Kenny Goh.

There is no change in Malaysia’s plans although China and Hong Kong have officially withdrawn their squads from the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila due to the coronavirus outbreak.

BA of Malaysia (BAM) secretary general Datuk Kenny Goh said yesterday that both the men and women’s teams must still give their everything if they want to qualify for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in Aarhus, Denmark in May.

“Right from the start, we’ve made it clear to the players that they cannot underestimate any of their opponents.

“It’s not about who we play, but what we need to achieve (Thomas Cup and Uber Cup qualification) and, to do that, we need to make top four (semi-finals).

“Only difference now is that with the two withdrawals, our women’s team have already qualified for the knockout stage,” Kenny said.

Following a redraw yesterday, the men’s team are now in Group B with India and Kazakhstan, while the women’s team remain in Group W with top seeds Japan.

“Ideally, we would like our women’s team to top their group so that we can be seeded in the knockout stage. However, we all know that it won’t be easy.

“Either way, we want both our men and women’s teams to give their best,” he added.

Earlier, India confirmed that they had withdrawn their women’s team from the competition due to growing fears about the deadly virus.

The coronavirus has affected over 40,000 people, killing at least 900.

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