Safe for shuttlers to play in Asia legs if Thailand get host job


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will participate in the Asia legs badminton competitions if Thailand are given the greenlight to host it.

National coaching director Wong Choong Hann said their northern neighbours have come up with a convincing proposal on their standard operating procedures and guidelines for all players and officials, who are currently concerned with their safety over the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two Asia legs are slated from Nov 10-15 and Nov 17-22.

The Thais are planning to confine all players and officials in one area.

“On paper, it looks good. The whole area will be locked down and open just for those involved in the competitions. The accommodation are only for players and the venue is just a walking distance,” said Choong Hann.

“If Thailand get the approval from the Badminton World Federation, the plan is to send our team.”

Meanwhile, Choong Hann said he had not decided whether there would be more internal tournaments after the success of hosting an internal individual meet and the President’s Cup in the last two months.

“The last two tournaments were good as they served as a good platform for the players to do some self-evaluation.

“But we don’t want to host another for the sake of doing it, it’ll be counter productive,” said Choong Hann.

“The coaches and I will discuss on what’s the next best move.

“The last two events may have whetted the players’ appetites after being starved of tournaments.

“But having them play against their same teammates for the third time in another local event may not be a good idea.

“We may have to think of something different,” he added.

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