Ho Chi Minh City: Unlike some countries that have decided to send their second tier players to the tournament, China has decided to send its world-class men and women players to the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships that will be held from Feb. 14 to Feb. 19 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen are World No. 1 in mixed doubles. (photo: AP)Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen are World No. 1 in mixed doubles. (photo: AP)
Members of the Chinese team include World No. 11 men's singles player Shi Yuqi, World No.1 mixed doubles pair Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen; World No. 10 women's singles player He Bingjiao and Rio Olympic men's doubles gold medalist Zhang Nan.
On the contrary, Malaysia has registered its young shuttlers for the event. The Malaysian roster consists of Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Lim Chi Wing (men’s singles); Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Goh Sze Wei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (men’s doubles); Lee Ying Ying, Ho Yen Mei (women’s singles); Lee Meng Yean-Chow Mei Kuan, Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen (women’s doubles); and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (mixed doubles).
Meanwhile, World No. 4 Son Wan Ho and World No. 3 women's singles player Sung Ji-Hyun will spearhead the South Korean team’s challenge in Vietnam, together with World No. 4 women's doubles pair Chang Ye Na-Lee So Hee.
Local shuttlers World No. 42 Nguyen Tien Minh and his newly-wed wife World No. 38 women's singles player Vu Thi Trang will be set to lead the Vietnam team.
The competition consists of 13 teams, divided into four groups. Group A consists of China, China's Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei; Group B is comprised of Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka; and Group D includes South Korea, India and Singapore.