Badminton: Singapore fields young squads for SEA Games in June

SINGAPORE - Many new faces will be introduced at the 2015 SEA Games by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), with half of the SEA Games squad players making their major Games debuts after a recent promotion from the National Intermediate Squad.

The average age of the men's squad is 22, while the average for the women's team is only 20.

Said 16-year-old Yeo Jia Min, the youngest player named in the squad: "I hope to perform well (at the SEA Games) as this would be my first step into the bigger and more prestigious games of my career."

Veterans Derek Wong, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta, Chayut Triyachart and Hendra Wijaya, who have represented Singapore at previous international tournaments, are determined to do the nation proud again by clinching medals on home ground.

Said 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Derek Wong, who is optimistic about the upcoming Games: "It is great to see new blood participating in the SEA Games, as this allows them to enter the foray of competitive badminton on a whole new level. As for myself, I look forward to meeting the badminton powerhouses in the region. I will definitely be fighting for a medal, on home ground nonetheless!"

Men's Team

Derek Wong

Loh Kean Yew*

Sean Lee*

Ryan Ng Zin Rei*

Danny Bawa Chrisnanta

Chayut Triyachart

Hendra Wijaya

Terry Hee

Loh Kean Hean*

Jason Wong*

Women's Team

Chen Jia Yuan

Liang Xiao Yu

Yeo Jia Min*

Vanessa Neo

Shinta Mulia Sari

Tan Wei Han*

Elaine Chua*

Grace Chua*

Ong Ren-ne*

Crystal Wong*

* denotes making major Games debut