Sportsmanship of Malaysian badminton coach who lent his shoes to rival Jamaican player hailed online

  • When a Jamaican badminton player’s shoes were damaged during a match at the Commonwealth Games 2022, a rival Malaysian coach lended the player his shoes.
  • A video of the moment was uploaded to Twitter on Saturday, with many calling it a “display of sportsmanship.”
  • The Jamaican player continued to play in the Malaysian coach’s shoes for the double matches later in the day as well.
  • The video has garnered over 127,000 views and 4,000 likes since being uploaded.

A Malaysian badminton coach has been hailed online for his display of sportsmanship after loaning his shoes to a Jamaican player during a match.

While competing against Ng Tze Yong at the Commonwealth Games 2022 between Jamaica and Malaysia, Jamaican badminton player Samuel Ricketts’ shoes were badly damaged.

A video posted to Twitter on Saturday shows the moment of sportsmanship when Malaysia’s badminton coach Hendrawan walking over and loaning his shoes to Ricketts. As the crowd cheered, Ricketts put on the shoes and continued his match with Ng. He eventually lost by a 21-12, 21-16 margin. 

Ricketts continued to borrow the shoes for his doubles match later in the day where he partnered with fellow Jamaican player Joel Angus and played against Tokyo Olympic bronze medallists Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi-yik. Ricketts and Angus were defeated 21-7, 21-11. 

Twitter users praised Hendrawan and Ricketts for the gesture and true showing of sportsmanship.

“Thank you coach Hendrawan. You teach us [that] sportsmanship is greater than winning a medal,” one user wrote. 

“An excellent display of sportsmanspirit and good human gestures. Kudos to the opposition coach for showing a great value system and inspiring others,” Indian weightlifter Karnam Malleswari wrote. 

While the moment was a win for sportsmanship, Jamaica was eventually unable to qualify for the quarterfinals. 

Featured Image: Twitter

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