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Biggest prize money on offer at Masters Final
Sabah Badminton Association (SBA) President, Datuk Maijol Mahap, who is also BAM vice-president, said the sum was the biggest compared to that of Super Series events in other countries which offered prize money of US$250,000.
On Sunday BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) secretary P. Ganga Rao told AFP that Sabah would be the host for the finals.
“We are very glad that the BWF and BAM have agreed to our request to host the most prestigious badminton tournament in the world,” said Maijol.
“I have been in discussion and consultation with BAMÉSBA’s good relationship with BAM made it easier for us to bring the tournament to the State,” Maijol added.
On the players participating in the tournament, Maijol said that only the top eight ranked men, women, men’s and women’s doubles as well as mixed doubles in the Super Series standing will be invited to compete.
“The French Open is currently being held and that will be followed by the last two Super Series – China Open and the Hong Kong Open. At the end of the Super Series circuit, we will know the top eight players in each category. So, you can say that the Super Series Masters Final here, is the final of all the Super Series.”
He said that the Malaysian shuttlers likely to compete in the tournament are Datuk Lee Chong Wei (current Men’s world number one), Wong Mei Choo (currently fifth in the Women’s singles world ranking), Zakry and Fairuz (currently third in the Men’s Doubles ranking) as well as the current fourth ranked Women’s Doubles Wong Pei Thy and Chin Ei Hui.
“However, all of them have to compete in the China Open and the Hong Kong Open to at least maintain their ranking,” he said.
Maijol said that this Nov 18-22, the State will host another world-class event-the Malaysia International Challenge-that will see some 200 shuttlers from 10 countries including India, Chinese Taipei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and hosts, Malaysia.
Tickets for the tournament is now available and those interested can contact Tan Chu Chen (012-8158191), Yapp Su Chew (012-8254419) and Ajahar Abd Latif (013-8661616) for further details.
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