KUALA LUMPUR: Finally, Malaysia too will have our own multi-million badminton league but it will be run by a club - the Looi Badminton Academy.
On Monday, the club’s managing director Jack Koh said that they will introduce a RM5mil Malaysia Purple League next year to provide a platform for both local and foreign players to strut their stuff to make it one of the most lucrative badminton leagues in the world.
With the endorsement and approval from Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and the blessings of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), the league is good to proceed as planned.
China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and Denmark have their own leagues with India offering the biggest prize money - a total of US$1mil (RM3.2mil). These leagues are heavily supported and run by their respective national associations.
When asked about the name Purple League, Jack explained: “We wanted to name it Premier but it would be associated with football. Purple has the distinction of being highly rated among all the colours. Besides, it is also a royal colour and it will be apt with our aim of making this league a highly-rated competition.”