For the seventh year running, KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital and Winner Sports Enterprise jointly organised the 3-on-3 Perak Muhibbah Challenge Trophy. The two-day badminton tournament, pitting teams consisting of members of different races, was held at the SJK (C) Yuk Choy, Ipoh hall recently.
The tournament, with a prize of almost RM50,000 in cash and in kind, attracted nearly 480 players, making up 159 teams, from Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. This overwhelming response was the best in the history of the game and is the most successful privately-organised badminton tournament in Perak.
There were seven categories, namely Open Mixed, Novice Mixed, Men’s Novice, Women’s Novice, Junior Novice, Junior Veteran and Senior Veteran. Open Mixed was a new category this year. Age-group categories will be introduced next year.
The objective was to encourage more people to play badminton for a healthier lifestyle. The organisers hoped more sponsors would come forward in the future. They too hoped that the Perak Sports Council would provide the much needed support and recognition.