Badminton players face selection conditions ahead of world junior meet | Sunday Observer

Badminton players face selection conditions ahead of world junior meet

4 September, 2022

Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) is in the process of picking a team of four boys and four girls for the World Junior Badminton Tournament to be held in Santander, Spain from October 17 to 30.

The Sunday Observer learns that SLB have laid down many conditions for the young players to take part in trials to proceed to Spain if selected.

They say that only the boy and girl players who finish on top at the trials will be found funds for their air tickets, accommodation and meals at the venue. The others have been asked to pocket out Rs. 1.8 million each for their expenses. They will play in the individual and team events during the tournament.

Besides, the players have been asked to submit several letters to SLB, such as consent to play in trials, letter of permission from the school, Ministry of Education and letter of consent from parents to participate overseas.

The team will be accompanied by a lady chaperone, a manager and a coach.

It is also learnt that several players turned out for trials although only the best four players will be selected.

However, even if the players can afford to pocket out Rs. 1.8 million for such a tour, the question they should ask themselves if whether it is worth spending that much of their father’s money?

They must know by now that the best badminton players are found in Asia and where would they finish at the World Championship?

The Sunday Observer also learns that the Indonesian coach who was hired by SLB has left the country.

His contract period may have expired but was he happy with the set up at Sri Lanka Badminton is the question being asked.

Was he happy with the selectors who he said were not witnessing players at tournaments?