SBA delighted with Demond's success
Published on: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Badminton Association (SBA) hope the international success of Demond Anthony Samin at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships over the weekend will inspire more junior players in the State.The 16-year-old Sabahan partnered Wan Muhammad Arif Shaharu Wan Mohd Junaidi to clinch the boys Under-17 doubles title by upsetting top-seeded pair Wei Chun Wei-Wu Guan Xun of Chinese Taipei 21-18, 21-17 in the final, held at the Mandalar Thiri Multi-Purpose Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar on Sunday.

SBA president Janih Bagud congratulated Demond for his achievement, and also praised two other Sabahan players representing Malaysia in the same competition.

"We are extremely proud and delighted with the success achieved by Demond at an international championship as well as the recognition by BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) to select him together with Goh Shuen Tong and Arena Samin to represent the country.

"I hope their successes will inspire more young players in the state to train harder to try and follow their footsteps to make the state proud," he said on Wednesday.

Demond's sister, Arena gave a good account of herself in the tournament by reaching the third round of the girls Under-17 category before losing to eventual winners and top seed Benyapa Aimsaard in three sets.

She partnered Wong Ling Ching in the doubles event, but failed to advance to the second round while Goh Shuen Tong made it to the second round of the singles match but was eliminated in the opening round of her doubles with partner Lee Xin Jie.

Janih also paid tribute to the parents, coaches and clubs for their joint efforts to raise the standard of badminton in the state.

"Their success cannot do without the support of their parents, the hard work from the coaches and their respective clubs and we are very thankful for that."

Meanwhile, Janih said five Sabahan players have apparently turned down the chance to join Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) this year.

"The main reason for their decision not to join the school is probably due to the fact that they are only 12-year-old and the parents are reluctant to part with them at this stage.

"However, Arena was also offered a place by BJSS in Form Four but she is yet to make the decision, " he added.

At the moment Ferdinan Ramno from Keningau is the only Sabahan shuttler attached with the school. – GL Oh


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