9th International MBA Championship bolstered by global support
The recently held 9th International MBA Championship 2017 proved to be a massive success as new milestones were reached with the help and support of sponsors Malaysia Major Events and Majlis Perbandaran Port Dickson as well as equipment sponsors ACC and Protech alongside TYT.
A total of 650 participants competed in the various categories designated, with competitors from Maldives and France placing their flags for the first time among returning shuttlers from 19 other countries across the globe including Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, India, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, England and many more.
The three day event, which was held at the Michael Badminton Academy in Port Dickson from July 28-30, saw a strong foreign contingent of 215 players present, proving that the event is gaining popularity worldwide. With a host of categories to choose from, the event featured participants from all walks of life who came together to make it a truly memorable experience.
MBA Event Director, Lee Pui Yee, who was particularly thrilled with the increase in the number of international participants, said, “It’s always been our goal to make this event globally recognized. We hope that next year’s championship will be even bigger and better.”
Dr Aziff from Batu Pahat, who registered his daughters in the age group event, was all smiles when asked about the tournament. “It’s good because it helps them gain valuable experience. I have entered both my girls in the Under-12 category and whether win or lose, they will always be winners.”
His sentiments were echoed by Isabelle and Sabrina from France who decided they could not miss the opportunity as they are badminton enthusiasts. “We have been playing as a pair for 30 years and we are amazed at the size of the competition. There are so many players and the people are so kind and friendly,” said Sabrina who plays actively for a club side in Marseille with partner Isabelle.
A total of RM20,050 worth of cash and prizes were handed out to winning participants and competitive fun aside, there was also a Fruit Festival in which the attendees were treated to an “all you can eat” fruit buffet at a very affordable price.
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For almost 15 years, Michael’s Badminton Academy has been at the forefront of championing the badminton industry in the private sector. Founded by Malaysian badminton enthusiast Michael Lee, MBA started off with a simple dream to bring together badminton enthusiasts from different communities to share their passion for the lifestyle.
From 16 badminton courts in 2002, MBA today is a one-stop badminton solutions providing services from court rentals and pro-shop to a health centre and a full-fledge badminton academy, training players from Malaysia and around the world. MBA Taman Megah was recognized as the biggest privately-owned badminton centre in the state in 2002. MBA Bandar Puteri Puchong was recognized as the Biggest Badminton Centre in Malaysia by the Malaysian Book of Records in 2004.