April 4 – 9, 2017
Stadium Perpaduan Negeri Sarawak
It will be a clash of the Badminton titans when the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2017 gets underway from April 4 to 9. The championship, which will be held at the Stadium Perpaduan Negeri Sarawak, Petra Jaya, is a World Super Series event that has been listed in the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) 2017 calendar. It offers prize money totalling US$600,000.
The Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2017 is jointly organised by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and BWF, working closely with Sarawak State Sport Council (MSN) who strives ever on to elevate the standards and quality of sports in the State. With the organising of the championship, MSN moves a step further to realising its vision of becoming a force to be reckoned with in Malaysian sports by 2020. Also working together with BAM, BWF and MSN are Sarawak Badminton Association (SBA), Kuching Resident Office, Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) and other local Government agencies.
“This is indeed exciting for us in Sarawak, especially the local folks because this is the second time for us to play host to two prestigious international badminton events in the past two months (Victor Far East Malaysia Masters 2017 being the first one),” Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Sarawak, YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said at a press conference to announce the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2017 back in February this year.
For the upcoming Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2017 in April, thousands of fans will descend on Kuching to see who will emerge victorious in the championship.
Over 290 players from 20 countries are expected at the championship. They will compete in five categories respectively, namely Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
Indonesia is sending a contingent of 56 players in total who will be competing in the championship. Malaysia has 44, followed by China with 33 players and Chinese Taipei with 27 players. India and Japan are sending 24 players each while Denmark, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong China and England are sending 18,15, 14, 13 and 10 players respectively. Finally, Singapore is sending 6 players while Germany and Russia are both sending 3 players, Bulgaria has 2 players, and Spain, France and USA are sending 1 player each.
“BAM itself has registered most of Malaysia’s top ranked players for this event, including those who competed in the recent Rio Olympics namely Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying etc,” Abdul Karim informed.
To add icing to the cake, Datuk Lee Chong Wei who won the All-England Open badminton championship in March, and China’s Lin Dan will also be playing at the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2017“On behalf of the Sarawak State Government, we record our appreciation to the organisers for making the right decision in giving Kuching City the honour to become the host for this prestigious badminton championship,” he concluded.
“On behalf of the Sarawak State Government, we record our appreciation to the organisers for making the right decision in giving Kuching City the honour to become the host for this prestigious badminton championship,” he concluded.
For more information, contact:
Sarawak SPORTS CORPORATION
P.O.Box 2918, Petra Jaya,
93756 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
+6082 311 693
+6082 442 668