(File pix) Arif Latif will appeal to the BAM to allow his partner Azriyn Ayub to compete in Level 4 and higher badminton tournaments.

KUALA LUMPUR: Professional shuttler, Arif Latif will appeal to the BAM to allow his partner Azriyn Ayub to compete in Level 4 and higher badminton tournaments.

Prior to this, BAM had announced that only national shuttlers can compete in higher tournaments with the exception of Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Arif, Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah, K.Yogendran, Sannatasah Saniru and former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli.

Arif, a former BAM shuttler, hopes the national body will be lenient and allow his partner to compete in bigger tournaments, as the two are set to sign a new sponsorship deal.

The Negri Sembilan-born shuttler will send an official appeal letter to the BAM this week, as he wished that his partner enjoys the same benefits as him.

"I will be sending in an appeal, requesting the BAM to allow Azriyn to play in higher tier tournaments. The two of us only paired up recently and our first tournament together was at the National Championships last week. Next up, we will be playing in the Osaka International Challenge next month.

"As of now, we can only play in smaller tournaments, though our target is to break into the world top 35 bracket. However, in order for us to achieve that, we must be able to play in bigger tournaments.

"If the BAM agree, we will make an announcement soon, including that of our new sponsorship deal.

"I think we have also proven ourselves when we reached the final of the National Championships after seeing off the national No 2 pair (Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi)," said Arif.

The last time Arif and Azriyn played as a pair, they emerged champions in the 2015 National Championships, before the latter chose to focus in the mixed doubles with Indonesia's Rusydina Antardayu Riodingin.

Both Arif and Azriyn were previously men's singles shuttlers under the BAM banner.

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