Olympic champion Ricky Subagja to play exhibition match today

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BADMINTON enthusiasts are in for a treat as Olympic Games champion Ricky Subagja will play in an exhibition match during the ongoing Brunei Darussalam National Badminton Championship 2019 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Centrepoint Hotel tonight.

The Indonesian great will make an appearance as part of a line-up of events that include multiple matches staged during the penultimate day of the two-week long championship.

Ricky is well known as a world-class badminton player, who at the height of his powers was ranked number one in men’s doubles alongside his long-term doubles partner Rexy Mainaky.

The men’s doubles specialist rose to global prominence in the early 1990s when he won the World Championships for the first time in Birmingham, United Kingdom alongside Rudy Gunawan in 1993.

He formed a solid partnership with Rexy Mainaky during a period of dominance that decade having enjoyed prominent success taking a clean sweep of badminton’s major championships at least once.

Two-time badminton men’s doubles world champion Ricky Subagja. – FADHIL YUNUS

The Bandung native was crowned world champion for a second time with Rexy in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1995 and headed to the 1996 Olympic Games as the defending world champion.

The Indonesian pair became Olympic Games champions in Atlanta, USA when they defeated Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock of Malaysia in an all-Southeast Asian final affair.

Ricky, who was inducted in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Hall of Fame in 2009, also won the prestigious back-to-back All-England Championships in 1995 and 1996, as part of his impressive collection of major badminton titles.

The highly-decorated shuttler, regarded as one of the greatest men’s doubles players of all time, has also collected continental titles as a four-time Asian Games champion and four-time Southeast Asian Games champion.

His main titles also included open championships of the five strongest nations in men’s badminton having lifted titles in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Denmark as well as the World Badminton Grand Prix and the now-defunct Badminton World Cup.

Meanwhile, various semi-final and final events will be contested including the boys’ under-13 singles, veteran ‘A’ (45 years old), veteran (55 years old) and the mixed doubles category as well as the boys’ under-13 doubles.

The Brunei Darussalam National Badminton Championship will conclude tomorrow with the men’s singles final poised to be the grand finale of the two-week long championship.