Badminton: Double joy for Liek Hou in Japan | The Star Online


Double joy for Liek Hou in Japan

SHUTTLER Cheah Liek Hou (pic) has received a timely boost ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games from Sept 17-23.

The 29-year-old showed that he is shaping up well by winning two titles at the inaugural Japan Para-Badminton International tournament in Tokyo which ended on Sunday.

Top seed Liek Hou took just 24 minutes to beat Japan’s Tetsuo Ura 21-10, 21-8 in the men’s singles SU5 final. This category is for athletes with impairment in their upper limbs only.

Liek Hou, born with Erb’s palsy (where the nerves of his upper arm were damaged during delivery), also won the men’s doubles SU5 title with Hairol Fozi Saaba.

The duo struggled for 26 minutes to beat South Koreans Kim Gi-yeon-Shin Kyung-hwan 21-16, 13-21, 21-10.

Liek Hou will compete in men’s SU5 singles and doubles events at the KL Asean Para Games at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.