Kuala Lumpur emerge overall champions of Badminton Talent Development Programme

Kuala Lumpur emerge overall champions of Badminton Talent Development Programme

IPOH: Kuala Lumpur emerged overall champions of the 2019 Badminton Talent Development Programme (BTDP) held at the Perak Badminton Arena, here, after bagging four of 11 gold medals on offer.

Selangor finished second with two gold and two silver, while Pahang settled for third place with two gold and one silver.

Team Kuala Lumpur’s dominance showed when Ong Xi Run defeated Wendy Feebie Ricky of Sarawak in straight sets, 21-4, 21-13 in the Age 10 Girl’s singles event, and the winning momentum continued in the Age 11 Girl’s contest as Chleo Lam Jing Yee set aside Selangor’s Tan Xin Yu, 21-15, 17-21, 21-19.

The third gold came in the Age 11 Girl’s doubles event through Lee Kay Xin/Teh Xin Ying, who won in straight sets over Sabah’s duo, Farizah Wirdani Fazil/Nurhayati Mohamed, 21-10, 21-11.

Low Hao Feng / Yap Jing Ning teamed up to add the fourth gold medal for Kuala Lumpur in the Age 12 mixed double’s event, defeating Sabah’s Datu Anif Isaac Datu Asraf / Melody Chew Shi Qing,10-21, 21-15, 21-17.

The Federal Territory of Labuan was named the best contingent while Sarawak was awarded the Best Managed State Tournament award, and SK Rakyat in Alor Setar, Kedah, recognised for having the Best Training Centre.

The prizes were handed over by Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) president and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad and Education Ministry deputy director-general Dr Ahmad Rafee Che Kassim.

Earlier, Zainal Abidin noted that BTDP was aimed at creating a healthy lifestyle, besides promoting a balance between education and sports, as well as encouraging school students to form strong family bonds.

He said these positive values should be prioritised and students should be nurtured from a young age to build strong self-esteem.

“What’s interesting about the BTDP is that we are not just looking at the ability of these students on the court, but most importantly, we want to inculcate positive values such as respect, discipline, determination, sportsmanship, punctuality, humility and personal hygiene,” he said his address at the closing of the 2019 BTDP here, today.

Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Rafee said BTDP was the best platform for primary school students to showcase their talents and true potential in the sport.

However, he said talent alone would not guarantee success, and that learning the basics as well as skills, besides the role of the coaches and stakeholders were crucial to producing top quality athletes.

The BTDP is a five-year collaboration between Perodua and the Ministry of Education (MOE)

BTDP 2019, which began in March, involved some 2,800 primary school students and 140 coaches stationed at 70 badminton development centres nationwide.

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