A boost for soft tennis in Sabah
Published on: Monday, January 20, 2020
By: GL Oh
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KOTA KINABALU: The presence of the Daegu Bank soft tennis team here has helped to develop the sport in the State, said Malaysia Soft Tennis Association (MSTA) President Shamshuzaman Hj. Sulaima.

The South Korean team who had just won their national league title this season was here for a training stint at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex tennis courts and they will be returning home this afternoon.

Shamshuzaman was here to pay the Koreans a visit, where he also got to witness the Daegu players training with the local netters on Saturday.

He said the local soft tennis players should be thankful for the opportunity provided by Daegu Bank soft tennis team.

“Our netters should be grateful to be able to learn the right techniques from these Korean players especially their captain Kin Ji-Yeon, who is the number one player in her country.

“We are also very thankful that the Koreans had decided to choose here as their training base during the winter season for the second year running.

“They were here not only to train and to spar with our players, but also sponsoring balls as well as attires to us as well,” he said.

According to him, the sponsored items will come in handy with MSTA soft tennis road shows throughout the country set to be launched in March, where registered state associations will receive balls and rackets to start their training programme.

So far Sabah is the only state in the country to have registered with the Sports Commission and recognised by the State Sports Council, said Sabah Soft Tennis Association’s foreign affairs officer KK Chin.

Meanwhile, Daegu head coach Cho Kyung Soo who was very appreciative of Shamshuzaman’s presence reckoned the local players will need to compete in more tournaments in order to progress.

He will also be preparing a training programme for a few of the local junior players whom he has identified and will be invited to train in South Korea in the near future. 


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