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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Zii Jia presents his All England racquet to King

 

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong admiring Lee Zii Jia’s racket which he used en route to winning the All England badminton tournament last month. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah have been presented the racquet that national shuttler Lee Zii Jia used en route to winning the 2021 All England men’s singles final last month.

Zii Jia used the racquet to defeat defending champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in Birmingham, England, on March 21.

The royal couple also viewed the medal Zii Jia won, the (winning-point) shuttlecock from the All England final as well as the 2021 Swiss Open winners’ plaque clinched by Pearly Tan and M Thinaah in the women’s doubles.

Earlier, the King and Queen attended a tea party with the national badminton team who competed at the 2021 All England championships and were welcomed by youth and sports minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican and Badminton Association of Malaysia president Norza Zakaria.

Zii Jia, 23, won the All England men’s singles title after taking the scalps of two big names, namely defending champion Axelsen in the final and world number one Kento Momota of Japan in the quarter-finals. - FMT

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