Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing


By Adelina Tan

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing

30 Malaysian athletes are competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 27 events, across 10 sports. For the first time in history, 60 per cent of the Malaysian contingent are women. Badminton player Goh Liu Ying—a three-time Olympian—has also been selected as a flag bearer alongside Lee Zii Jia, at the opening ceremony this 23 July.

While Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia’s Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Games, did not travel to Japan for health reasons, he is staying closely connected with Team Malaysia through technology.

The target for Malaysia’s Olympians is to bring home at least three medals, one of which will hopefully be the country’s first gold medal.

How to watch

RTM is one of three Malaysian broadcasters who have acquired broadcast rights to the Games. Online, you can watch all five live broadcast channels here. Another official broadcaster is Unifi, who is providing customers with 13 dedicated HD channels on Unifi TV or the Unifi PlayTV app. Astro Sports Pack customers have access to selected Tokyo 2020 events in 4K UHD on Ultra Box, plus complimentary access to 13 dedicated HD channels on TV and Astro GO. All other Astro subscribers can head over to Astro Arena (Ch801) for latest updates, interviews, highlights, previews, and more exclusive content.

These are the Malaysian Olympians who are representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics—and which day they’ll be competing.

Track cycling


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Azizulhasni Awang and Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sharom are both taking part in the men’s individual sprint and keirin events. The two track cyclists are strong medal contenders at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 2017 World Champion Azizulhasni is setting his sights on gold after bagging a bronze in keirin at 2016’s Rio Olympics. Meanwhile, Muhammad Shah Firdaus made headliens for winning this year’s Australian Track National Championship in the keirin event.


Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka


Men’s sprint: 4 to 6 August (Finals: 5:50pm)

Men’s keirin: 7 to 8 August (Finals: 11am)



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Eight players (four per gender) qualified for Tokyo 2020. Lee Zii Jia, winner of the 2021 All England Open Badminton Championship, seems most likely to bring home a medal—perhaps even the elusive gold. Lee is currently ranked 8th in the world.

Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, the mixed doubles pair, are also aiming for a spot on the podium. They won one of Malaysia’s four silver medals at the Rio Olympics. Other medal hopefuls are the men’s doubles duo of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik. Rounding up Malaysia’s badminton contingent in the Tokyo Olympics are Soniia Cheah Su Ya (women’s singles), as well as Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean (women’s doubles).


Musashino Forest Sport Plaza


Women’s doubles

24 July, 8am [Update: Malaysia lost to Indonesia]

25 July, 6:20pm [Update: Malaysia lost to Japan]

27 July [Update: Malaysia won against Great Britain]

Men’s doubles

24 July, 5pm [Update: Malaysia won against South Korea]

26 July, 6:20pm [Update: Malaysia lost to Indonesia]

27 July, 7pm [Update: Malaysia won against Canada]

Quarter-finals: 29 July [Update: Malaysia won against Indonesia]

Semi-finals: 30 July, 6pm [Update: Malaysia won against China]

Bronze medal match: 31 July [Update: Malaysia won against Indonesia]

Mixed doubles

24 July, 6:20pm [Update: Malaysia lost against Hong Kong]

25 July, 10:20am [Update: Malaysia lost against Germany]

26 July, 5:40pm [Update: Malaysia lost to China]

Men’s singles

25 July, 5:40pm [Update: Malaysia won against Ukraine]

28 July [Update: Malaysia won against France]

Round of 16: 29 July, 6:15pm [Update: Malaysia lost against China]

Women’s singles

28 July, 10:40am [Update: Malaysia lost against Thailand]



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