Datuk Lee Chong Wei with his fans after a match during the Malaysia Open at the Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya, Sarawak. The badminton great praises Sarawak badminton fans for their strong presence during the game. Pix by Nadim Bokhari

KUCHING: The world’s leading players have praised the Sarawak badminton fans for their strong presence at the Malaysia Open being held at Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya from April 4-9.

Local favourite Datuk Lee Chong Wei was happy to see 85 per cent of the stadium filled with fans and described it as a positive sign for badminton in Sarawak.

“The huge crowd augurs well for Sarawak badminton. I hope that more international badminton tournaments can be held in Sarawak,” he added.

The world number one player suggested that the state government build a larger indoor stadium so that it can organise more international tournaments.

Meanwhile, Lin Dan of China said he was surprised to find that the Sarawak fans were a sporting lot.

“For the first time, I received logts of cheers and applause from spectators outside China,” he added. --Bernama

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