. Scholarships given to young Malaysian Badminton players Just found this article: Ten badminton scholarships up for grabs in junior tourney ====== * ====== start article ====== * ====== Ten badminton scholarships up for grabs in junior tourney KUALA LUMPUR: Ten three-year badminton scholarships will be up for grabs in the Samsung-Senheng Junior Badminton Championships, which will be held at the SJK(C) Choong Wen, Jalan Kelang Lama here from Dec 3-5. The tournament, organised by Looi Badminton Academy with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, BA of Malaysia (BAM) and Selangor BA, will see 950 participants – aged between 11 and 17 years old – battling it out for the total purse of RM100,000. However, only participants aged 9-15 years old will qualify for the scholarships, amounting to RM1.1mil. For a good cause: Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (2nd from right) posing with (from left) Jack Koh, Lim Kim Heng and Yu Jai-sul during the launch at the Datuk Sidek Badminton Hall. Jack Koh of Looi Badminton Academy said the scholarship would cover the 10 trainees’ expenses for training, accommodation and food during the three-year stint. “From the 950 participants in the championships, we will narrow them down to 60, who will then be taken for training for a further six months. “After that, we will narrow it down again to 30 trainees before selecting the final 10,” he said at the launch of the championships at the Datuk Sidek badminton hall here yesterday. Present at the launch were Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Senheng Electric Sdn Bhd managing director Lim Kim Heng and Samsung Malaysia managing director Yu Jai-sul. Also present at the event were the Guangzhou Asian Games silver medallists Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Kiat-Tan Boon Heong. Meanwhile, Shabery praised the initiative by Samsung-Senheng to sponsor the scholarships. He said their efforts would only improve the quality of sports in the country. “This is one of the avenues for budding talents to shine and make a name for themselves en route to becoming world beaters,” he said. ====== * ====== end article ====== * ====== Source: http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2010/11/24/sports/7488607&sec=sports Looks like BAM is seriously looking for a Lee Chong Wei replacement in the near future. .