Attracting more than eight hundred players, the recently concluded HST Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013, was a huge success. According to the tournament’s organising chairperson, Dr Lee Boon Chye, Member of Parliament for Gopeng, it was possibly the largest badminton tournament ever held in Ipoh.
“The response was overwhelming, and we have seen quality performances over the past three days, especially in the finals. This is very encouraging to the badminton fraternity in Perak. The organising committee has certainly worked hard, and I would like to express my thanks to them and to the generous sponsors.”
Korean badminton legend, Park Joo Bong, who was the guest-of-honour to kick off the tournament, in conjunction with the opening of the 22-court badminton arena in Ampang, Ipoh, remarked, “I was surprised by the standard of the arena here. It’s even better than those in Kuala Lumpur.”
There were a total of ten categories in HST Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013. The winners and scores were:
- Men’s Novice Doubles: Supian & Iryadi (18-21, 22-20, 21-11)
- Junior Veteran Doubles: Liew Siew Fatt & Goh Chee Heng (21-19, 21-12)
- Senior Veteran Doubles: Choong Chee Kong & T. Murthy (16-21, 21-11, 21-19)
- Ladies Novice Doubles: Lin Hui Ching & Azniza (21-9, 21-13)
- Mixed Novice Doubles: Lim Wooi Kip & Lim Fooi Choi (21-12, 21-19)
- Boys’ Singles Under 18: Kelvin Ng (21-11, 21-13)
- Boys’ Singles Under 15: Lye Jun Cheng (21-13, 18-21, 21-10)
- Boys’ Singles Under 12: Loo Bing Kun (21-7, 21-13)
- Boys’ Doubles Under 15: Wilson Phua & Goh Ewe Lean (21-18, 17-21, 21-11)
- Boys’ Doubles Under 12: Ling Wei Jie & Loo Bing Kun (21-9, 21-16)
The champions received trophies, cash prizes, and Protech-sponsored badminton racquets and racquet bags. The first runners-up were also awarded prizes.
The HST Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013 was announced recently by its organising Chairman, Dr Lee Boon Chye, Member of Parliament for Gopeng. The objective of this tournament is to instil the love for the sport among the young besides unearthing new talents. After all, badminton is one of Malaysia’s national sports and it has produced world champions.
There are ten categories: Men’s Novice Doubles, Junior and Senior Veteran Doubles, Ladies Novice Doubles, Mixed Novice Doubles, Boy Singles 18, 15 and 12, and Boy Doubles 15 and 12.
Although the tournament caters for all ages and races, the junior categories are open to players from around Malaysia. However, the senior categories are open to Perakeans only. Former and current national players under Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and state players (SUKMA / Junior Circuit) are not allowed to participate in the Men’s Novice Doubles.
The Champion for each category will receive cash prizes of between RM400 and RM800, and a Protech-sponsored badminton racquet and racquet bag worth RM299. The first runner-up in each category will also be awarded prizes.
All participants will be eligible for the lucky draw, where attractive badminton-based prizes are up for grabs.
This inaugural tournament will be held from Aug 16 to 18 at the HST Ipoh Badminton Arena, Ipoh’s largest badminton arena, with 22 courts. The organisers have lined-up some badminton stars for the opening ceremony, including Hafiz Hashim and Tan Kim Her. A badminton legend is also set to make an appearance. His identity will be revealed in due time.
Registration fee is RM50 for doubles and RM25 for singles. Those who register will receive a sponsored T-shirt. As this is a non-profit tournament, fees received will go towards the cash prizes for winners. Registration closes on July 31.
For more information and registration, contact Ms. Liew at 05-2437067 / 016-5046933 or En. Izzadi at 016-5503238. Entry forms are also downloadable from http://db.tt/BTgil82j