Astro picks 6 states
Sarawak, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Penang, KL selected under Badminton Camp programme
MELAKA: Malaysian channel Astro will expand its Kem Badminton Astro tryout training sessions to six states which include Melaka, Pahang, Sarawak, Sabah, Penang and Kuala Lumpur from Sept 14-Oct 20.
Organised by Astro Kasih, Astro’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm in partnership with the Nippon Badminton Association, is a youth development programme that aims to identify and nurture the badminton playing techniques of talented children from 10 to 12 years old.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Dato M. Saravanan, on behalf of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin together with Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro were present last weekend at the Kem Badminton Astro held at Kompleks Sukan MBMB MSN Ayer Keroh to lend support and words of encouragement to the talented badminton players at the first tryout training session in Melaka.
With the expansion of the training sessions to the six states, Astro Kasih hopes to further encourage and identify more young talented badminton players, as well as to nurture them to become the country’s next generation of professional badminton players.
Saravanan, in his speech to the gatherings said: “I would like to commend Astro for its unwavering commitment to local sports and for taking the lead in another exemplary CSR initiative under Astro Kasih. Astro has always taken on an active role in the development and improvement of Malaysian sports and athletics, both locally and internationally.
“I am confident with Kem Badminton Astro, many more young talents will be discovered and nurtured with the right training and proper techniques, which are essential in developing future sports champions. I encourage more companies in Malaysia to play a bigger role in supporting our local sports, as it is only through our collective efforts that we can build and strengthen the local sports industry as a whole and carry on the spirit of healthy sportsmanship among Malaysians”.
Henry Tan, CEO of Astro said “At Astro, we are committed in championing local sports and sportsmanship among all Malaysians.
“We continue to draw our commitment and inspiration from the communities we strive to serve and we are honoured to be able to contribute in any way we can to the development of local sports and its talents, whether it is through our very own Astro Arena channel, Malaysia’s first 24/7 local sports channel or through the various sports-related Astro CSR initiatives, we hope to continue to support and inspire a new generation of athletics, as well as to further create new Malaysian sports icons”.
Upon completion of the intensive training in KL, 30 outstanding participants will have the chance to experience a two-week overseas intensive training in Tokyo, Japan later this year, as part of the collaboration between Astro Kasih and Nippon Badminton Association.
The 30 selected participants will be trained together with Japan’s Kanto Junior Team by Nippon Badminton Association coaches at the Ajinomoto National Training Centre where they will be housed at the prestigious Athlete Village.