The 27th Badminton Pompui Championships The Smiling Fish International Challenge 2016 which ended yesterday in Trang, Thailand was indeed a great tournament for the national junior players from Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) who came back with five titles compared to last year where they only won two titles overall.
Leong Jun Hao and Kok Jing Hong was the biggest winners after they emerged champions in both the U-18 and U-14 singles and doubles category respectively. The other title came from U-16 girls’ doubles, Pearly Tan Koong Le/ Eng Sin Jou who defeated a Thai pair in three games.
Just one week ago, Jun Hao won the national U-18 title while Jing Hong won the U-14 singles and doubles category at the BAM National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals. Jun Hao who defeated a Thai player in the finals then partnered his teammate, Sim Fong Hau to defeat state players, Chen Tang Jie/Ian Wong Jien Sern in three games.
As for Jing Hong who did well to beat another Thai player in the finals, the Kedahan is undoubtedly proven to be a versatile player when he repeated his success by winning the singles title, then partnering Mu’Azzam Danish to win the doubles against teammates, Muhammad Affan/Muhammad Atef Haikal who were also his opponents during the National Junior GP Finals held in Cheras one week ago.
Their coach, Mohd Najib Ab. Latif was a happy man when his charges lived up to the expectation in Thailand.
“I am really satisfied with the player’s performance and they have also proven that they are not only playing well in the local circuit but in the international level too.”
“However, Jing Hong has been exceptional this year as he was also a finalist in the singles event and doubles champion during the U-15 Milo School Competition which is also known as the national circuit in Indonesia. I hope that he will continue to improve and take these victories as a motivation,” said Najib during the prize giving ceremony in Trang, Thailand.
He also added that it is a good move by BAM to send junior players to compete in more international tournaments at this age as the exposure they gain has certainly boosted their confidence level and is preparing them mentally for bigger tournaments in the future.
The juniors will now compete in the Celcom Axiata National Circuit First Leg in Kiara beginning tomorrow and although they are the underdogs, they may spring some surprises against their seniors in the Division 2 (Under-21) category.