In­crease in qual­i­fiers for Asian meet good in­di­ca­tion of shut­tlers’ progress

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my China on Apr 25-30.

A to­tal 26 play­ers, in­clud­ing in­de­pen­dent shut­tlers Zul­fadli Zulk­if­fli and Chong Wei Feng, have made the cut based on their world rank­ing — 10 more than last year’s edi­tion in the same city.

Ac­cord­ing to Frost, there may be one or two more in­de­pen­dent play­ers who make the list, but BAM have con­firmed the num­bers on their side.

“I am not sure if peo­ple are aware but this is a very good in­di­ca­tion be­cause it shows that our play­ers are im­prov­ing.

“Un­like cer­tain tour­na­ments, par­tic­i­pa­tion for the Asian Cham­pi­onships is based solely on world rank­ings.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing be­cause we have more play­ers this time, so I am ex­cited,” said Frost.

World No 1 Lee

Chong Wei, who chose to skip the In­dia Open this week, will lead Malaysia’s charge as he looks to de­fend his men’s sin­gles ti­tle.

The only doubt­ful player on the list is Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din, who had al­ready been with­drawn from the Malaysia Open (Apr 4-9) and the Sin­ga­pore Open (Apr 11-16), prior to the Asian meet.

Iskan­dar, 26, is re­cov­er­ing from a dou­ble disc in­jury he suf­fered in Jan­uary.

Other no­table play­ers who will be mak­ing the trip to China are top men’s dou­bles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and na­tional No 1 mixed dou­bles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying. was the per­fect van­tage point for the start at the Peo­ple’s Park, with Sar­a­vanan pass­ing the ba­ton to Dr Myint Htwe, Myan­mar’s Health and Sports Min­is­ter to sig­nal the start of the run.

The ba­ton was then passed to the first run­ner Sann Naing — an Olympian who was in Rio in 2016 for the men’s 5,000m.

Sev­eral of Myan­mar’s past and present ath­letes took turns run­ning with the ba­ton be­fore it was passed back Dr Myint Htwe, who handed it Sar­a­vanan.

Sar­a­vanan then handed it Jukr BoonLong, Thai­land’s Am­bas­sador-des­ig­nate to Myan­mar.

Thai­land will host the next run on Satur­day.

Lee Chong Wei, Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din, Zul­fadli Zulk­if­fli, Chong Wei Feng;

Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Iz­zud­din Rum­sani;

Goh Jin Wei, Soniia Cheah Su Ya, Lee Ying Ying, Ho Yen Mei; Vi­vian Hoo Kah Mun-Woon Khe Wei, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie.

Deputy Sports Min­is­ter Datuk M. Sar­a­vanan (cen­tre) passes the ba­ton to Dr Myint Htwe, Myan­mar’s Health and Sports Min­is­ter to sig­nal the start of the run.

Morten Frost

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