AirAsia-BAM National Junior League (ABNJL) is back for an exciting third edition with the state-level opener set to be played out in Bukit Dumbar, Penang today.
For the record, since its launch in July 2017, two seasons of the ABNJL has yielded a total participation of 7,270 players across 14 states and the Federal territory of Putrajaya.
The inter-school badminton league adopts the Thomas Cup / Uber Cup model and is aimed at identifying the best talent among students aged-18 and below to don the proud colours of respective states in the national finals.
After successfully retaining the boys and girls team titles in the finals for two consecutive seasons, Selangor will once again be the team to watch.
Selangor’s two-year dominance resulted in their 2017 and 2018 team captains; Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin and Muhammad Shaqeem Shahyar being absorbed to the national men’s singles setup for the senior and junior squad respectively in Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM).
“We have achieved an incredible number of participation from young players and schools nationwide in the past two years.
“Despite being relatively new, ABNJL has proven to be an established platform in our efforts to expand the talent pool in the country,” said BAM General Manager, Michelle Chai.
The next two months will see a total of 15 state-level competitions being held in Penang (11-12 July), Kelantan (13-17 July), Sabah (15-18 July), Negeri Sembilan (16-17 July), Putrajaya (16-17 July), Pahang (18-20 July), Kedah (18-20 July), Kuala Lumpur (19-21 July), Perak (23-25 July), Perlis (23-29 July), Malacca (5-9 August), Terengganu (22-24 August), Selangor (23-25 August), Johor and Sarawak.
The finals are set to be played at the Stadium Juara, Bukit Kiara from 12 to 15 September. The champion for each category in the finals will also receive RM10,000, runners-up RM5,000, third-placed RM2,500 and fourth-placed RM1,250 totalling RM37,500.