LEE Chong Wei and Nicol David, rightly, were crowned as the 2008 National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year last night.
It was easy for the selection panel to reach its decision for the two were Malaysia's standout performers in 2008.
However, questions have been asked about what the future will be after the two hang up their racquets.
Chong Wei, no thanks to the rest of the singles players and inconsistent doubles, is Malaysia's sole flag bearer in badminton while Nicol is on her own.
But the future, Timesport's reporters found out during last week's Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) meets, can be rosy provided immediate action is taken.
The badminton championships in Kangar saw a talented bunch in the Under-12 and this, provided the BA of Malaysia and its affiliates swing into action quickly, will assure a brighter future.