Malaysia’s Badminton Future Bleak
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
Malaysia’s Badminton future in Men’s Singles is in alarming and critical situation because of the fact that country has no upcoming young talent to represent the Malaysian squad. They aren’t producing players which prove themselves as a skilled players.
In other words you can say their recruitment has been stopped. Except Lee Chong Wei, who is currently number one in the world Badminton ranking and is the only hope for Malaysians. Besides him there is no one who is strong enough to show a quality game and compete at international level.
The 29 year old Lee Chong Wei has proven his worth to the maximum level of hard work and commitment and that is one of the reason that currently whole Malaysia is relying on Lee Chong Wei. This Malaysian star has won numerous trophies and tournaments titles, recently won a silver medal in World Championships held this year in August and also the winner of All England Badminton Championship 2011.
If Lee Chong Wei maintains his current condition, I believe Chong Wei holds a better chance to win against Lin Dan in the Olympic Games next year.
In Men’s Singles squad of Malaysia, after Lee Chong Wei, Daren Liew is the second seed who is currently rank number 60 in the world badminton rankings. This huge gap between world top seed and second best player of Malaysia creates a hell of difference and this clearly indicates the threatening and alarming position.
This is a lot much scaring and shocking situation
for the Malaysians, such a country having rich culture in sports and where Badminton is followed and played by a huge number of people, fails to produce men’s singles players. In the past, Malaysia had produced legends of legends in Badminton who have served the country for many decades.
To stop this fear of Malaysia, BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) started grooming up the group of players for the future and at least they need two or more than two years to get these things right. Malaysian young talent should improve and focus on their tactical and technical skills in order to prove themselves and compete against top seeds of China, Indonesia, Korea and Denmark.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) should take this matter seriously and must take steps to not only promote badminton game in their country but also to make awareness of badminton in them. Now, most of the youngsters of Malaysia do not have such agile response about badminton, they do not have the hunger of badminton in them.
They are lacking spirit and passion which is the most essential property for becoming the world beater. The governing party of Malaysia should introduce new events of badminton at national level to collect the upcoming stars and should also put some influence in these events.
These domestic tournaments will help them to select new talent and will also help in increasing the popularity of young badminton players which will then tend to work hard and represent their country at international level.