Malaysia’s badminton team is heading to the 2016 Olympics
Following our round-up of must-read news about the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics that every Malaysian should know, we just found out that the eight shuttlers from the national badminton team have qualified for all five events in badminton at the Olympic Games; and this is a first for Malaysia!
The news was based on the latest Race to Rio Rankings list issued by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on 5 May, which is the cut-off mark for the rankings following the end of the 52-week qualification period last Sunday. According to the list, two-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei came in second place and this will make his fourth appearance at the Rio Games. As for the women's singles, National No. 1 Tee Jing Yi ranked 18th and it will be her second Games.
Men's doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong finished in ninth position while women's doubles pair Vivian Hoo Kah Mun-Woon Khe Wei placed 12th, ensuring both pairs' debut appearances in Rio. For the mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, they ranked eighth and were the first Malaysian mixed doubles pair to play in the 2012 London Games.
The BWF rules state that only the top 36 finishers in the singles event and top 16 pairs are qualified to compete at the Games.