KUALA LUMPUR – National shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei wants the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to strengthen the Thomas Cup squad by including professional players for the finals in Kunshan, China from May 15 to 22.
Chong Wei who would be heading the Thomas Cup squad hopes BAM would send a strong squad to improve the country’s chances of doing well in the prestigious tournament.
“BAM has not announced the list of players for the Thomas Cup finals but I hope it will be a strong squad because this will most probably be my last appearance in the competition,” he told reporters when met at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara, here yesterday.
Chong Wei also hopes professional players like Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong would be able to put up credible performances consistently to impress the selectors so that they can be included in the squad.
“I feel the BAM will give Kien Keat-Boon Heong a chance, provided they show that they are deserving players to be included,” he said.
Malaysia qualified for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals based on the ranking list issued by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Following is the list of countries that qualified for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals:
Japan (defending champion), China (host), India, Indonesia, South Korea, MALAYSIA, Denmark, Germany, England, France, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand.
China (defending champion, host), India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, United States, Australia, Mauritius, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, MALAYSIA.