Marking the Arrival of a New Sport
The first Malaysian racketlon tournament taking place on
8-11 of June - i.e. on the weekend following the Racketlon World
Championships - became a resounding success with almost 100
people on the entry list,
which should be something of a record for a first tournament in a
country new to multi-racket sport - especially since this
tournament would have been the first racketlon tournament for all
participants. On the entry list were not only players from
Malaysia but also from China, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar and
Yemen. And among the Malaysians were some pretty impressive names
from the Malaysian racket communities. How about the following:
Beh Lee Wei, Current Malaysian No.1 (currently no. 195 on the women's world ranking)
Beh Lee Fong, Current Malaysian No.3
Qi Quen Chai, MAPCU champion
Kenneth Low, former Malaysian no.1 (ranked 41 in the World in 2001, see rankings records at http://www.psa-squash.com/ranking/1321.htm )
Aaron Chee, former Malaysian junior no.1
Roger Ong, MAPCU Defending Champion
Jasmine Tan, National Junior Squad
(MAPCU=Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities)
...and this could just be the beginning as Malaysian organiser Jonathan Quek are considering a series of Malaysian events (with the potential to attract players no just from Malaysia but also from its neighbouring countries, such as Thailand, Burma, Singapore and Indonesia) that will finally lead up to an international "Malaysian Open" (with features that should be attractive for the European top players!) within the near future.
Co-organiser Aaron Chee reports below from the Dunlop INTI Racketlon Challenge.
Anxiety, tension and excitement had filled the air in INTI
College as the very first racketlon tournament was to be held.
Participants from in and out of inti had started arriving at INTI
College Malaysia at 3.00pm on the 8th of June 2006.
The brain child of Jonathan Quek, the squash club president, had been finally put into motion. Having worked on this for more than 4 months, he and his team had been more than motivated to get this show on the road. Having worked their hearts and sinew into this, they were not willing to accept defeat.
Malaysian style Racketlon art.
The competition was separated into two categories for each gender- Men A, Men B, Women A, and Women B. Each category, despite its class, had brought forth the young talents to the lime light. Although having just joined for the fun of it, many participants had impressed the audience with their playing styles and, not to forget, elite sportsmanship.
This event had gotten a certain radiance by the presence of sporting icons such as Kenneth Low, the ex Asian squash champion. Having set foot into the battle field, many players had become jittery. Nevertheless, none backed down. They fought the battle til the very end.
The winners. Including tournament director Jonathan Quek (in the centre with both hands behind his back).
The champion for the Mens category A was Tey Pin Siong and the 1st runner-up was Roger Ong with the 2nd runner-up Richard Yap. As for the class A Womens the champion was Beh Lee Wei and the 1st runner-up was Beh Lee Fong. The class B Mens was championed by Lim Wei Ming followed by Chong Yoon Woon as the 1st runner-up and Tan Jey Sern as the 2nd runner-up. Class B womens category had Loh Gee Woon as the champion and Audrey Tan as the 1st runner-up.
Ed's note: The winner of the Men's Elite class Tey Pin
Siong (who knocked out Aaron Chee in the quarters and Kenneth Low
in the semis) won the final in an unusually convincing manner
before the squash was even finished(!) by +32 (tt:21-0, ba:21-4,
sq:5-11, -). Aaron Chee reports that his table tennis was
"at least national level" and his badminton "at
least state level". Age 30. European players might get very
familiar with this name - and others - as a Malaysian team is
expected to take part at the next World Championships (in
Rotterdam, Holland???, December 2007???).
Having created champions of different degrees, the tournament had come to an end on the 11th of June. Once again, Jonathan and his team have set their mark in the Malaysian book of records and for the first time in the international arena, for this is indeed the very first racketlon challenge in South-east Asia! Hats off to those great efforts!!!
About 100 players from 6 different countries took part in this event. Not bad for a first pilot!