Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Arif deserves to be in #SEAGames squad - Frost

KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 (Bernama) -- Shuttler Mohamad Arif Abdul Latiff who is not in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) fold was among 20 shuttlers named for the Singapore SEA Games in June.

BAM technical director Morten Frost Hansen said Mohamad Arif has shown good performance in the men's singles competitions throughout his participation in tournaments since January this year.

"These shows that I am very open minded. I am considering not only BAM players but also players from outside. If they have the quality, they deserve to be in the team.

"Arif played well, better than some of the BAM players, not only in the trial but also in tournaments since January. He deserves to be in the team," he told reporters at the BAM office in Bukit Kiara, today.

Frost announced the list of 20 shuttlers for the biennial games in Singapore, comprising 10 players in men's and women's events respectively.

Besides Mohamad Arif, also listed in the men's singles are Chong Wei Feng, Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin.

In the women's department, the former Danish ace named Tee Jing Yi, Ho Yen Mei, Lim Yin Fun and 15 year-old Goh Jin Wei in the women's singles.

"We have a young player in Goh Jin Wei who is chosen to play although she is only 15. She will be given her debut with the senior national team and I am looking forward to seeing her play in the team and individual events," he said.

Meanwhile, in the doubles department, Frost named Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Keong and Teo Kok Siang/Mak Hee Chun while Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei and Amelia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho are competing in the women's doubles.

He added that Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying and Tan Aik Quan/Lai Pei Jing will spearhead the mixed doubles challenge.

Frost was optimist that both the men's and women's teams have a chance of winning medals, while in the individual events, he targetted at least four finalists.

"We accept that our standard is not at the highest currently but most important is, I want to see them committed. I want to see them on the knees if it takes them to win.

"I would definitely want to see their commitment in order to achieve honours for the country. And of course to win as many gold medals as they can," he said.

In other development, Frost said that BAM was targetting at least a quarter final spot in the Sudirman Cup which would be held in Dongguan, China from May 10-17.

"We pray and hope that we can qualify for the quarter final," he said.

Chong Wei will lead the Sudirman Cup team which comprise Cheam June Wei (men's singles), Tee Jing Yi, Lim Yin Fun (women's singles), V Shem/Wee Kiong; Teo Kok Siang/Mak Hee Chun (men's doubles), Vivian/Khe Wei; Amelia/Fie Choo (women's doubles) and Chan Peng Soo/Goh Liu Ying; Wong Fai Yin/Chow Mei Kuan (mixed doubles).

Malaysia are drawn in Group 1D with South Korea and India.


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