August 19, 2022

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M'sia badminton coach lends Jamaican participant his sneakers in act of true sportsmanship

The 2022 Commonwealth Video games – at the moment happening in Birmingham, UK – are...

The 2022 Commonwealth Video games – at the moment happening in Birmingham, UK – are coming to an finish on August 8.

From joyous victories to irritating defeats, the Video games have seen it all around the years. However one occasion of actual sportsmanship involving Malaysian badminton coach Hendrawan and Jamaican shuttler Samuel Ricketts has been profitable hearts on social media.

“What dimension you put on?”

It sucks when your ‘tools’ fails on you throughout an vital sports activities occasion. It places you at an actual drawback when enjoying in opposition to opponents. And that is precisely what occurred to Ricketts throughout a match with Malaysian nationwide singles participant Ng Tze Younger at a blended workforce occasion.

IMAGE: ESPN Asia / Twitter

The rubber outsole of one among Ricketts’ badminton sneakers began peeling off, compromising the participant’s grip and stability on the court docket. A fast pause to ‘repair’ the issue – by the use of reducing off the heel portion of the rubber outsole – did not precisely make issues any higher. No, he did not have to fret about his outsole peeling off. However now he was left with an uneven outsole, which might probably throw off his steadiness.

IMAGE: ESPN Asia / Twitter
IMAGE: ESPN Asia / Twitter

Wanting a good sport, Malaysia badminton coach Hendrawan took off the sneakers from his very personal ft and walked over to the Jamaican shuttler, asking him, “What dimension you put on?”, to which Ricketts replied, “10”.

IMAGE: ESPN Asia / Twitter
IMAGE: ESPN Asia / Twitter
IMAGE: ESPN Asia / Twitter

Grateful for the real show of sportsmanship, Ricketts was capable of resume his match with Ng. Ricketts went on to lose the match 21-12, 21-16. The Jamaican continued sporting Hendrawan’s sneakers throughout a later doubles match, partnered up with Joel Angus. However they misplaced 21-7, 21-11.

Scores apart, we are able to safely say that Malaysia and Jamaica have positively gotten nearer due to this selfless act. And this Jamaican spectator appears to agree:

IMAGE: ESPN Asia / Twitter

Watch the whole factor unfold beneath:

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Cowl picture sourced from ESPN Asia / Twitter.