BAM to triple the thrill with new mixed team championships

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are set to host a one-of-a-kind badminton competition that promises a quality show.

All national players will be involved in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) mixed team championships from Nov 6-12 at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM), which could be shown live for the fans.

The new tournament is introduced to make up for the season without international tournaments.

National coaching director Wong Choong Hann said it would be a tournament with a similar format to the Sudirman Cup, the premier world mixed team event, but with a twist.

There will be seven events instead of five, with the introduction of a second men’s singles and a three-on-three match. The order of the tie will be as follows – men’s singles 1, men’s singles 2, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and three-on-three.

“We’ll form four teams and they’ll play in a round-robin format. All matches will be played in an 11x5 rally scoring system,” said Choong Hann.

“The most interesting one will be the men’s three-on-three match. The team can field three players, whether singles or doubles.

“Players are used to playing three against three during training, and I believe it’ll be different in a competition... I expect it to be intense.”

Choong Hann said they tweaked the Sudirman Cup format by increasing the number of events to give everyone the opportunity to play.

“To go through the whole month of October and November without tournaments can be demoralising for the players. So, we’ve decided to create this competition and give everyone a chance to play,” he said.

“The four teams will be divided into equal strength. We are discussing to see whether we can show these matches live,” added Choong Hann.

The players are without tournaments following the postponements of the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark (October), two legs in Asia (November) and the World Tour Finals (December). The only tournament left this season is the Denmark Open from Oct 13-18 in Odense but Malaysia are not sending a team.

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