Question: Hi, my name is Shukanthi and I’m from Klang (Malaysia). I’m very interested in badminton and I just joined badminton class this year. I really wanted to represent Malaysia in badminton but I’m scared that this is too late. But i really wanted to achieve my dreams in badminton. So can you guide on my pathway to become a player? Thank you.
Answer: Hi Shukanthi, thank you for the question.
Badminton is the national sport in Malaysia and the country’s badminton association have strict rules for new national badminton players.
The national badminton players of Malaysia started playing the sport since they were young. Some engage in intensive badminton training at the age of 12.
Considering the strict requirements to become a national badminton player, one should attend the try outs for the national team latest by the age of 18-20.
In order to qualify to be drafted into the national team, you should:
Be as young as possible, preferably below 18-20
Have strong basic badminton skills and techniques
Be able to engage in high performance badminton
Have high levels of fitness
I admire your ambition of becoming a national player.