Nationwide junior growth director Misbun Sidek was happy together with his younger expenses regardless of a protracted drought from aggressive motion on the worldwide stage this yr.
Misbun, who was appointed the nationwide junior chief earlier this yr, was not capable of see how his shuttlers fare on the worldwide stage because the COVID-19 pandemic introduced all sports activities actions, together with badminton, to a cease earlier this yr.
He needed to bide his time and gauge his gamers by coaching classes and inner affairs, however he was happy with what he has seen up to now.
“Based mostly on the general goals I had supposed for the gamers together with rating and playoff matches and inner crew meets, I’m glad. Their ranges are shut to one another, primarily based on the match outcomes. Their depth and enjoying fashion has additionally modified dramatically since I first obtained them.
“It’s good that they’ve absorbed the coaches recommendation and are displaying it on court docket,” Misbun told Berita Harian.
The Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) had organised a Junior Combined Staff Championship, to which the Junior Avengers emerged champions after they beat Junior Terminators 8-4 on Saturday.
Misbun had loads to smile about after watching the likes of Jacky Kok, ranked third on the world junior rankings and Fazriq Razif do effectively.
In addition to this, he additionally noticed how Siti Nurshuhaini, V.Poopathi and Justin Hoh shone within the nationwide junior rating occasions.
Misbun is grooming his gamers for 2 massive assignments subsequent yr – the Asian Junior Championships and World Junior Championships.
Malaysia missed out on a medal at each the occasions in 2019, and could be desirous to get amongst the medal recipients subsequent yr.
Junior shuttlers have often finished effectively within the age-group class meets – Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Soo Teck Zhi and Leong Jun Hao received the boys’ singles title on the Asian meet, whereas Zulfadli and Goh Jin Wei additionally triumphed on the world junior meet.
The juniors would take a break till the top of this yr and return for coaching on January 4.