Singapore — The nation’s first world badminton champion, Loh Kean Yew, posted an early Valentine’s Day greeting on Feb 9 on his Instagram put up, saying he was “spending high quality time this Valentine’s Day” with himself and his Seiko Prospex.
He posted a photograph of what appeared like a date evening, together with his very good watch prominently featured. Loh turned a “model pal” for Seiko Prospex final month.
The Singaporean champ is taking part in on the Badminton Asia Crew Championships (BATC) at Shah Alam, Malaysia, subsequent week.
However Loh might have really had extra firm, as there have been two consuming glasses within the photograph.
His put up resulted in some good-natured ribbing from fellow badminton gamers Ong Yew Sin and Viktor Axelsen.
Each are elite athletes within the badminton world, with Malaysia’s Ong reaching 11th in world rankings. Denmark’s Axelsen, in the meantime, is the reigning Olympic Champion.
Loh has been coaching with Axelsen in Dubai since early this 12 months.
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On the BATC subsequent week, Loh faces off towards All England winner Lee Zii Jia from Malaysia.
On Feb 9, The New Straits Instances (NST) referred to as the upcoming match a “Battle of the titans,” characterizing the sport as “epic” and a “titanic showdown” that’s “positive to take centerstage” on the video games, significantly as a result of there shall be fewer gamers this 12 months.
Kento Momota of Japan and Antony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia is not going to be collaborating on this 12 months’s BATC. Badminton gamers from China, Taiwan and Thailand, may even not be becoming a member of the BATC video games because of Covid-19.
Lee, like Loh, is 24. He has confronted the Singaporean athlete 4 occasions and misplaced the final two.
The onus is on Lee to get his nation via to the semi-Asian finals, NST quoted one coach as saying.
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“I imagine that Zii Jia would be the deciding issue once we play Singapore as a result of after his 50-50 efficiency final season, he should attempt to win that essential level. If he does, we now have an excellent likelihood,” mentioned Mr Hendrawan, the nationwide males’s singles head coach for Malaysia.
Lee, who’s ranked quantity 7 on the planet, resigned from the nationwide workforce after shedding to Loh on the Hylo Open closing in Germany final November with a purpose to flip skilled. /TISG
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