Ipoh’s automobile dealer, CST Auto Sdn Bhd organised a closed badminton tournament strictly for Perakeans recently. The four-day tournament, held at the Sekolah Rendah Chung Tack, Kg Simee from June 7 to 10, was over-subscribed. Some 315 participants, ranging in age between 15 to 70 years old, took part in the five categories contested. Since it was a closed affair the major consideration for participation was that players must not be affiliated with the state or national badminton team.
“The large number of participants forced us to extend playing time from morning till mid-night,” said Irwin Yeap, Senior General Manager of CST Auto Sdn Bhd and the organising chairman. The closing ceremony was graced by Mr P.R. Chandhran, CEO of CST Auto Sdn Bhd, who gave his closing remarks before presenting prizes to winners of the respective categories. The winners took home cash prizes ranging from RM1,000 to RM100 plus trophies, vouchers and rackets.
The coveted Men’s Novice Single title was won by Mohd Badrulnizam Kamaruddin who defeated Loh Zi Yuan in straight sets 21-14, 21-19. The Novice Men’s Double crown went to Low Yine Keat and Ahmad Rosli who overcame a game pair of Eros Chen and Lim Kar Leong 21-12, 21-9 in less than 30 minutes.
“The tournament has a strong local appeal making it a true 1Malaysia outing,” said Irwin. “Due to its success we plan on having it on an annual basis,” he added.
AmBank (M) Sdn Bhd and Allianz General Insurance (M) Bhd co-hosted the competition.