Bernama – Malaysia Masters: Tough competition with the world’s top players

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (Bernama) — Domestic badminton fans are in for a fierce battle at the 2024 Malaysia Masters Championship, as many of the world’s top 10 big names will be participating in the annual tournament, albeit in a post-war format. You can expect it. – Qualifying tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics, ending on April 28th.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the tournament will mainly be held in men’s singles, with world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting (world 3rd place), and the 2023 world champion will participate. Kunravut Vitidsaan of Thailand (world No. 6).

Separately, in the domestic professional men’s singles, Li Zhijia, who emerged as the eighth seed in the tournament, will be among the 21 domestic players participating in five competitions: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. will lead the challenge. .

“Even though it’s a post-Olympic qualifying tournament, many athletes want to come. One is to get a competitive environment and a tournament, and the second is to get seeding for the Olympics.”

“…Last year we had two finalists, Man Wei Chong-ti Kai Ng and Parley Tan M. Thinah, so this year we hope our players will rise to the occasion and live up to the expectations of our fans. I hope so,” he said after the press conference. About the tournament to be held from May 21st to May 26th at Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil.

Meanwhile, Perodua president and CEO Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin said that through six years of cooperation with tournament governing bodies, the championship has been improved every year to meet current needs and requirements. Ta.

Zainal also expressed his hope that the national team will be able to win in front of the country’s fans at the tournament to be held in the federal capital.

Meanwhile, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh said ticket sales for the tournament began on April 8 and had received an encouraging response, especially early bird discount offers.

“I hope more fans come and get tickets. And I think today is the last day for early bird discounts. So if you want cheap tickets, get them by today. So Otherwise, it will be sold out tomorrow. Or rather, at regular price, we really hope that more fans will come and support this tournament,” he said.

— Bernama


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