The CTOS Inter-Financial Institutions Badminton Championship 2023 saw the nation’s 27 leading financial institutions send over 400 employees to participate in the sector’s largest annual tournament.

The number of participating teams has more than doubled since CTOS took over the organising role for this championship since 2017.

The event has become a platform for badminton enthusiasts and corporate professionals to come together, promoting a healthy work-life balance through sports and to foster stronger relationships within Malaysia’s financial sector.

The recently concluded championship took place over two days at Arena Sukan Kuala Lumpur and saw Alliance Bank emerge as final champion, receiving the Premier Cup Challenge Trophy and a cash prize of RM6,000, medals, MAXX Sport products as well as B-Physica and Bellolis vouchers for all team members.

Erick Hamburger, the Group CEO of CTOS Digital Berhad, expressed his excitement about the championship, stating, “As the leading credit reporting agency in Malaysia, our mission is to help empower individuals and businesses to get access to credit, enabling them to have a better future.

“We would also like to foster stronger public-private partnerships within Malaysia’s financial sector. Through this Badminton Championship, we hope to inspire our fellow FIs to participate in future editions as a channel to create more role models from the corporate level and get them involved in sports to promote a healthy work life balance in society.

“This way, we can not only do our bit to maintain the country’s financial health, but physical health as well.”

Each team competed in Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Men’s Veteran Doubles.

The first and second-ranked teams in the group stage were promoted to the Premier Cup whereas the remaining teams continued to compete in the Plate Cup.

During the final Premier Cup face-off, Alliance Bank managed to trump Bank Simpanan Nasional in Mixed Doubles with Tan Jia Sheng and Ng Waon Xuan, beating Azza Fakhri Aziz and Norihan Binti Haman (21-4, 21-3), and Men’s Doubles teams from Alliance Bank Adrian Tan Yenn Wei and Alvin Tan Yenn Sheng winning a hard fought match against Bank Simpanan Nasional’s Mohd Nur Helmi Arazmi and Tg Saiful Azhar Tg Mohd Nordin (15-21, 21-14, 21-18) with Alliance Bank’s Veteran’s Men’s Doubles Tan Hang Chong and Teoh Kok Keong securing the decisive win against Muhammad Fahmi Sezeli and Tan Bun Hin (21-12, 21-7) which cemented Alliance Banks’s place on top of the CTOS Inter-Financial Institutions Badminton Championship 2023.

Coming in at second place, the Bank Simpanan Nasional Team took home a cash prize of RM4,000 in addition to medals, MAXX Sport products and B-Physica and Bellolis vouchers which all winning teams received.

In third place and fourth place respectively, Maybank and AEON Credit Service teams took home cash prizes of RM3,000 and RM2,000. The Plate Cup Champion, HSBC Bank overcame UOB to take the title and the cash prize of RM1,500 while the UOB team took home a prize of RM1,000.

Teams that participated in this year’s Inter-Financial Institutions Badminton Championship included, CTOS, Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia, Bursa Malaysia,
Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), AEON Credit, Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, Allianz Insurance, Bangkok Bank, Bank Islam, Bank Kerjasama Rakyat, Bank Muamalat, Agrobank, China Construction Bank, CIMB Bank, Citibank Malaysia, Coop Bank Pertama, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, KAF Investment Bank, Kuwait Finance House, Maybank, MBSB Bank, OCBC Bank, RHB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and UOB Bank.

The Championship was made possible by official equipment partner MAXX Sport and supporting partners The Malaysian Insurance Institute, B-Physica and Bellolis.

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