By: Lim Wei Hao
Yap Rui Chen is making her debut at the 18th ASEAN University Games (AUG) but the singles specialist is unfazed by the occasion. She has set her sights on winning medals for Malaysia, just like her Uncle.
Yap was born into a “badminton family”. Her Uncle, Yap Kim Hock, was an Atlanta 1996 Olympics Silver Medallist in the Men’s Doubles event.
“My grandfather, my father, my uncle are all badminton coaches. So when I was 6, they asked me to play,” said Yap.
Studying sport and recreation at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Yap also praised her team’s spirit and chemistry, despite the fact that her teammates are all from different universities.
“My teammates are really good, they give me semangat (spirit),” said Yap.
“We played together before, we’re all from the same batch. We always compete together at the same competitions, both local and overseas,” she continued.
The former national youth team player hopes to represent Malaysia at the SEA Games level in the near future.