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08-30-2009, 10:18 AM #1
Chance for shuttlers to make it big – via the Soon Kit way
The Star Online > Sports
Sunday August 30, 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Aspiring male badminton players have another avenue to make it big and they don’t have to spend a cent.
That is the vision and mission of former national shuttler Cheah Soon Kit, who is currently a sports ambassador for Coronar Sports.
Soon Kit has started training several Under-19 players at a training centre in Kota Sri Damansara. And he hopes the centre can become the supplementary and supportive partner for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in churning out future talents for the country.
“This is another platform for young players to find their way into the national team. We will identify talents from all over the country,” said Soon Kit.
“They will be given a place to stay and they will also be given allowance. We will only send them out for tournaments when we think, they are ready for competitive badminton.”
Soon Kit said they hope to move into a centre of their own by early next year.
“Currently, we are training nearby but we will move to our new place after finalising some matters. Ultimately, we want a platform for the players to focus on badminton and nothing else.
“Our reward will be the satisfaction of seeing them make it big one day,” added Soon Kit during a charity programme on Friday.
Racquets from top national players – Tan Boon Heong, Chin Eei Hui, Wong Pei Tty and even former great Razif Sidek – were auctioned.
The money will be donated to victims of Morakot typhoon in Taiwan.
Besides creating a big pool of players for the country, Coronar also acts as consultants to celebrities, models and singers and is involved in other businesses too.
09-02-2009, 12:51 AM #2
more stars should do this kind of thing rather than spend the rest of their retired lives endorsing products on tv, investing all their monies and vacationing with their mistresses. they should be more visible and accessible to the young stars!
09-02-2009, 02:36 AM #3
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