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Jia Min, Kean Yew Earn Sweet Offers From Denmark
Professional Badminton Stints In Denmark
Loh Kean Yew and Yeo Jia Min are not unfamiliar to competing in Europe. In fact, Jia Min had claimed the Yonex Dutch Junior Women’s Singles crown and, a week later, the Yonex German Junior silver medal in 2017.
Having made a name for herself in the Asian arena as well, it is little wonder Singapore’s No. 1 Women’s Singles shuttler caught the eye of Danish badminton legend Morton Frost Hansen. Mr Frost, also known as Mr Badminton, was a four-time All England Open champion and inductee in Badminton World Federation’s Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998, was once hailed the world’s greatest badminton player. The former World No. 1 Singles player, representing Aarhus Badmintonklub (AB Aarhus), approached Singapore Sports School Badminton Academy General Manager Desmond Tan with an invitation for Jia Min to play for the Danish club from October to December 2018.
Top local Men’s Singles player and Sports School alumnus Kean Yew also received a similar offer to turn out for Langhøj Badmintonklub, in Sønderborg, Denmark, from 27 October 2018 to January 2019. Both national shuttlers, who have benefitted from Sports School’s system, are the first two Singaporeans to play professionally in Europe. Their European stint will see them competing in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Scotland.
Jia Min got off to a promising start soon after arriving in Aarhus on 23 October. On 29 October, she played in her first match in the Danish badminton league against Højbjerg Badminton Klub. AB Aarhus emerged victorious with a final score of 5-1.