New Vision Badminton Academy in Malaysia develops coaches and players from Africa

New Vision Badminton Academy (NVBA), located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, has a reputation for producing talented players.

The efforts of Malaysian academies are attracting attention, and on September 25th, they plan to sign an agreement with the African Badminton Confederation to support the development of coaches and players on the continent for the next five years.

Coaches and players from Africa will be trained in Malaysia.

Founded in 2009 by former international players K. Yogendran, Yeo Kay Bin and R. Manojkumar, NVBA has stood the test of time.

In 2018, Yogendran and his wife K. Sugita founded the Academy in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Now, the next challenge begins.

“Yogendran previously served as the coach of Mauritius (2018-2021), so he has good relationships with African countries,” said NVBA director Sugita.

“In 2010, Jacob Marikal from South Africa started training with us with the aim of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Within two years, he narrowly missed out on qualifying for the London Games. He achieved that goal four years later.

“Since 2012, we have had at least one foreign athlete who has competed in the Olympics. That may have caught the BCA’s attention.”

Sugita, a former national team player, said the five-year contract made sense given that the Paris Olympics are less than a year away.

“We are already halfway through the Olympic qualifying period, so we don’t have time to help the athletes,” she said when met at the academy earlier today.

“We believe we can help them towards the 2028 Olympics. It’s always good to have a long-term plan.”

Sugita said Yeo will lead a team of six coaches as Yogendran is currently the Malaysian women’s singles national team coach.

Yeoh returned to Malaysia in 2021 after spending seven years in China and coached alongside the legendary Lee Mao, one of the coaches who made Datuk Lee Chong Wei the world No.1.

“We also have centers in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and China,” Sugita said.

“If everything goes well, the players may have the opportunity to train in Dubai and possibly in China.

“We are lucky to have Kay Bin back in Malaysia. He learned a lot in China. His experience will definitely benefit our players and African players.”

Yeoh, a bronze medalist at the 2007 Asian Championships, said it was good to be back in Malaysia.

“I had a great time in China, but nothing beats being home,” said Yeo, who won two international tournaments.

“2021 was tough at first because we were in the middle of Covid-19. But now I feel like there are more opportunities.

“I am excited to be working with BCA and hope to help them produce more Olympians,” added Yeo.

Main image (from left): Yeo, Yogendran and Sugita from New Vision Badminton Academy in Petaling Jaya.

*This article was originally published by Twentytwo13 here

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