Joo Ven stays positive and switches focus to next tourney


PETALING JAYA: Soong Joo Ven realised that his best is just not good enough to win him a slot in the Thomas Cup Finals squad.

And naturally, the 25-year-old independent shuttler is disappointed.

Although ranked third and having done exceptionally well at the recent internal tournament, the world No. 67 was sidelined as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) named Lee Zii Jia (No. 10), Liew Daren (41), Cheam June Wei (74) and Leong Jun Hao (157) for the Finals in Aarhus, Denmark.

Joo Ven, who was dropped from the national team in January, had expected to be included as he had beaten Zii Jia and Jun Hao during the internal tournament last month.

He was the first Malaysian to beat Zii Jia in the last two years.

“I’m disappointed. I won against Zii Jia and Jun Hao, yet I’m not selected. Anyway, best wishes to our team, ” said Joo Ven.

It was really a toss-up between Joo Ven and Daren but the selectors decided to bank on the experienced 33-year-old.

Joo Ven, however, will not let the snub demoralise him.

“I’ll continue training and focus on the next tournament, ” added Joo Ven, who is still training with the BA of Malaysia on invitation.

When the stint is over, Joo Ven will head back to the Sports Affairs Academy and will train under Rashid Sidek and Indonesian Nova Armada.

“Daren and I have been with Rashid and Nova before we were invited by BAM in June, ” he said.

“I’ll go back there.

“They have been doing a great job and I believe, I will get better under them.”

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