It was a Merdeka Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos will remember for a long time.
The senior lawyer, who is also a Twentytwo13 columnist, had stayed up late to get some work done when he felt his chest tighten just as he sat on his sofa in the living room at 4.30am.
“I initially thought it was acid reflux and as I was about to head to the kitchen, I started vomiting. Next thing I was sweating profusely. I knew I was having a heart attack,” said Jahaberdeen.
He woke his family up and they rushed him to a nearby hospital. A stent was inserted and he was told to rest for at least a month.
But one thing that kept the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Association (KLBA) president going despite the health scare was the President’s Cup.
Held at the Bank Rakyat Sports Club over the weekend, the tournament was to get the state affiliates active and encourage more people to play badminton.
Jahaberdeen, who is the title sponsor, kept promoting the competition to his wide circle of contacts.
The team event saw the participation of 16 clubs fielding three men’s doubles teams each – ages 18-30, 31-40 and 41 and above.
Solaris Dutamas Badminton Club was champion while Taman Danau Kota Badminton Club came in second.
“It’s a shame I couldn’t be there. I was looking forward to the event.
“But I’m blessed to have a hardworking and dedicated team who ensured everything went on smoothly.”
Jahaberdeen said he hoped the President’s Cup will turn into an annual affair with more categories, especially for women.
“This will be a start where everybody can play the sport in a competitive environment. It’s also a great way to identify talents outside the usual circle.
“By getting the affiliates involved in such tournaments, they will excite their respective communities. Then we will see more people wanting to play badminton in such a manner.”
He added KLBA will also organise grassroots tournaments involving Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 after Chinese New Year next year.