It will be a long flight home from Japan for Malaysian national junior Muhammad Fazriq Mohamad Razif when he competes in this year’s 100PLUS National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals, beginning in Seremban on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old son of former Olympian and Thomas Cupper Datuk Razif Sidek will only reach home on Tuesday morning – less than 24 hours before the Grand Prix Finals get underway.
However, Fazriq is not complaining. He would not have asked for a better boost in his bid to clinch another double in the 100PLUS Grand Prix Finals – this time in the Under-16 category after winning a double in the Under-14 category at the same venue when he won the singles and the doubles.
In the singles, Fazriq, who will represent the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), defeated his doubles partner Justin Hoh Shou Wei 21-19, 21-13 for the title.
The duo paired up to clinch the doubles title with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Choi Jian Sheng-Dylan Ooi Ding Sheng.
On Sunday, thousands of kilometers away in Tsuruoka, Japan the rising star from Malaysia, who was the top seed, was celebrating victory when he defeated second seed Alex Lanier of France 21-16, 21-10 in the final to win the World Badminton Under-15 Shonai Invitational title.
“This is a big, big boost for my badminton career. It may be an invitational tournament but it certainly spells good for my badminton. I look forward to doing well in the 100PLUS Grand Prix Finals in Seremban,” said Fazriq when contacted in Japan.
“Yes, I am aware that it will be much tougher this time as I will be competing in the Under-16 category but I am game for it and will give my best although tired. Of course, I aim to do another double with my regular doubles partner (Justin).”
Fazriq faces Chun Zhen Thai of Perak in the first round. In the doubles, Fazriq-Justin is seeded second with last year’s champions Rayner Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe (BAM) getting top billing. Rayner Boon Zhe donned Penang colors last year.
The second seed in the Boys’ Under-16 singles is Ong Zhen Yi (BAM) who faces Melaka’s Teo Jie Sern in the first round.
100PLUS is also the title sponsor for the 100PLUS National Junior Inter-State Circuit which will be held November this year.
100PLUS, the nation’s No.1 isotonic beverage, is the Official Beverage sponsor for all BAM events and activities including the Malaysian Open and the Malaysian Masters. Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei and Jin Wei are currently 100PLUS Brand Ambassadors.
100PLUS will be the ideal drink for the young players competing in the junior circuit. Consuming the non-carbonated beverage will help the players achieve peak performances during events.
100PLUS ACTIVE builds on the brand’s sports heritage and functional credentials to target sporty, fitness-seeking consumers looking for a no-fizz thirst-quencher that can rehydrate, replenish, and re-energise them during and after their fitness regimen.
100PLUS, a Silver Sponsor for Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games and Para Games, is synonymous with supporting sports in the country. Apart from BAM, 100PLUS also supports the Football Association of Malaysia. 100PLUS is also the Official Isotonic beverage for the Malaysian Football League.
100PLUS is committed to youth development programmes and currently supports Liga KPM (under MSSM). 100PLUS is the recommended drink of the National Sports Council.