PETALING JAYA: Fans will have to wait longer to see Lee Chong Wei and wife Wong Mew Choo back in action as the much-anticipated Mix & Match Badminton Challenge will not take place as scheduled on Dec 28.
This comes after the conditional movement control order in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor has been extended until Dec 31.
Tournament organisers Sunrise Sports Sdn Bhd said they would push back the event to a later date.
“It will be rescheduled. Our management (Yonex) in Japan will provide an update soon, ” said Sunrise Sports regional promotions manager Alice Lee briefly.
The Mix & Match Badminton Challenge is a series of team-based exhibition matches across eight countries hosted by Japan’s Yonex under their ‘Legends Vision’ banner, where Chong Wei plays an ambassadorial role with China’s Lin Dan, Denmark’s Peter Gade, Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat and South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae.
Each event will see two captains pick their teammates from a pool of past and present stars together with several juniors to form a six-member team.
The match is contested in a ground-breaking “flight” system which allows a team of six to switch players during a match.
Four events have already been successfully held in Japan (Nov 29), South Korea (Dec 5), Indonesia (Dec 11) and China (Dec 12) with Lin Dan, Taufik and Yong-dae flaunting their skills in the fun-filled one-day event held behind closed doors.
The events were broadcasted live on Yonex YouTube and Yonex Facebook platforms.
Also involved were past and present stars such as Kento Momota, Akane Yamaguchi, Marcus Gideon, Kevin Sanjaya, Candra Wijaya and Li Xuerui.
The Taiwan leg is slated to be held on Dec 26.
The Malaysian event is not the only one not making the schedule as Yonex had recently announced that the Denmark and India legs too have been postponed until further notice.
Besides Chong Wei and Mew Choo, the event will also feature Yonex-sponsored duo Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, the Olympics silver medallists.
National players are not expected to play any part in the challenge as they are sponsored by a different company.