A chance that will mean the World to rising star Tze Yong


Malaysia's Tze Yong NG returns to India's Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi during the Mixed Team Gold Medal badminton match between Malaysia and India on day five of the Commonwealth Games at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, central England, on August 2, 2022. (Photo by Darren Staples / AFP)

THE invitation for men’s singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong (pic) to play in the World Championships in Tokyo from Aug 21-28 will be an opportunity of a lifetime for the 22-year-old.

He is expected to accept the invitation in what will be his first world meet.

The world No. 42 will join independent players Lee Zii Jia (No. 5) and veteran Liew Daren (No. 29) as Malaysia’s men’s singles representatives.

Badminton Association of Malaysia high performance director Tim Jones was delighted with the news.

“Getting this opportunity to play in the world meet will be great for Tze Yong’s development,” said Jones.

“He has the ability to hopefully spring a surprise or two and make the most of this chance like he has done at the Commonwealth Games so far.”

Jones’ confidence is not surprising as the 22-year-old had grabbed the headlines after playing an important role in the mixed team’s gold-medal win in the quadrennial Games.

He had stunned India’s world No. 13 K. Srikanth in the final which led Malaysia to regain the title with a 3-1 victory.

Tze Yong, who replaced Zii Jia for the Games after the latter pulled out to focus on the world meet, had proved that he could become a world-class player with his inspiring displays so far.

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