Several Malaysian national and independent shuttlers will be looking to end a grueling season on a high at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain .
Malaysia are represented in every discipline in one of badminton’s most prestigious events, taking place from December 12-19.
In previous years, the world championships and the Olympics had never taken place in the same calendar year, but due to the pandemic, the world body had no choice but to accommodate two of these events five month apart.
In the men’s singles, Lee Zii Jia, Cheam June Wei and Liew Daren have made the 64-shuttler shortlist for the main draw.
Cheam takes on Kenta Nishimoto in the first round, Liew has Misha Zilberman for company and Lee plays Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue.
In the women’s singles, S.Kisona has to contend against rising Turkish shuttler Neslihan Yigit in the opening round.
The men’s doubles shuttlers all have a bye into the second round.
They are Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, who will be reunited for this event after parting ways in August.
In the women’s doubles, Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling play Danish pair Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen, while 13th seeds Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah have a bye.
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing also have a first round bye in the mixed doubles, along with Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.
Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See, meanwhile, take on Ties Van Der Lecq-Debora Jille.
Malaysia have yet to produce a world champion since the tournament inception in 1977.