In the absence of world No 2 Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei (singles) and world No 5 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (doubles) second seeds Malaysia still look strong for a place in the final in the men’s team event in the Sea Games badminton competition.
Drawn in the bottom half the Malaysians led by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in the men’s singles, will take on Laos in the quarter-finals and are expected to meet Singapore in the semi-finals. Singapore will take on Myanmar in the quarter-finals.
Based on the world rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released on 6th July, Indonesia are the top seeds.
Indonesia open their campaign with a match against Cambodia and will play the winners of the Thailand/Vietnam match for as place in the last four.
Thailand are the top seeds in the women’s team event. The Thais drew a bye in the quarter-finals and will meet the winners of the Singapore-Vietnam tie.
Second seeds Indonesia meet Laos while Malaysia will take on Myanmar in the quarter-finals with the winners moving into the semi-finals. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH