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Published: Friday April 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 25, 2013 MYT 11:46:12 PM

Change of plans for Malaysian Open due to elections

KUALA LUMPUR: The duration of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament will be shortened and the venue shifted from Pahang to Kuala Lumpur because it clashes with the general election.

The Malaysian GP Gold, which will see the participation of local “king” and defending champion Lee Chong Wei and several top players from Indonesia, Thailand and India, is from April 30-May 5. The polling day is May 5.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai said yesterday they had written to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) about their “sticky” situation.

He said they had given BWF a few options and were waiting for the green light. Once confirmed, BAM will inform all the participating countries.

“The Sukpa Indoor Stadium in Pahang will be used for the elections and we have no choice but to shift the venue. We plan to host it at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil,” said Chin Chai.

“We can’t postpone the tournament to another week but we can shorten it by a day. If approved, the final of our GP Gold will be on Saturday (May 4).

“We can start the first round on Tuesday, the day we usually hold the qualifying round matches. Some countries have booked their flights ... but they’ll have to make the necessary adjustments.”

Chong Wei is the top seed for the tournament. The other seeded players include Indonesians Sony Dwi Kuncoro (2nd), Tommy Sugiarto (6th) and Simon Santoso (7th); Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh (3rd); Malaysians Liew Daren (4th) and Chong Wei Feng (5th).

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