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KUCHING, Oct 4: Continuous support by parents for their children in the pursuit to become badminton players are very much encouraged.
Thanking the parents for their understanding, Minister of Youth and Sports Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said there are many children out there who inspire to become badminton champions of the future.
“Sarawak is moving into Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), many sectors are opening up including the resuming of sports and recreation. The NRP is a good initiative and we must be ready in all the necessary arrangements as things are slowly going back to normal even though the necessary standard operation procedures (SOP) must be adhered at all times. After all, prevention is still better than cure.
“In the past, Sarawak has produced world-class badminton players such as James Chua who was formerly the world’s No.5 ranked player and even feared by top players from China like Lin Dan, Chen Long who had played against him before,” Abdul Karim said in his video message during Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) dialogue session for 100 local coaches, players and parents.
The event was held at Sarawak Badminton Association (SBA) hall at Jalan Lapangan Terbang Kuching on Oct 2.
He also commended the SBA for the dialogue which can be seen as the way forward for the association to prepare its coaches and players to resume their training for the forthcoming events that are coming their way.
Meanwhile, SBA council member Ting Ching Zung assured that the welfare and talent development of state’s players are well looked after in terms of aids and equipment during their training and preparation as well as when they are representing Sarawak.
“We want the players’ parents to feel comfortable and at ease when their children become potential players who are representing Sarawak and SBA will also have coaches going throughout Sarawak to scout for new future champions.
“The coaches will play their role in training and grooming players coming from associations, clubs and schools to become future champions. Potential state players from various associations, clubs and schools can represent Sarawak under SBA’s banner,” Ting said.
He added that apart from incentives awarded to state players who excelled in tournaments, Sarawak is capable of producing world class champions if all the coaches, players and parents continue to support SBA in development plans. — DayakDaily