Malaysia has been dominating the badminton event at the Commonwealth games since it’s inception in 1966. Malaysia has been winning at least 3 out of the 5 individual events since 1990. The Commonwealth Games is certainly a breakthrough barrier for most upcoming Malaysia shuttlers. In 1998, you’ll see the rise of one of Malaysian popular star Wong Choong Hann clinching the men’s singles title. Where as, in 2002 the young Hafiz Hashim winning the tittle at a tender age of 18 years old.
It is actually not a big or a major class tournament, compare to a Super Series or a Asian Games tournament where all tops players around the world competing. But it is certainly a great boost of confidence for younger player if they win the title, the standard of players is pretty decent as you’ll have players from Singapore, India and England which could be a threat.
Hopefully the Malaysian men’s singles players, Chong Wei Feng and Darren Liew would seize this opportunity as their team mate and world number 1 Lee Chong Wei chose to skip this tournament due to a hamstring injury. And it would be great if they could keep the tradition going.