Singaporean Badminton Duo Ends 20-Year Gold Drought at Senior World Championships

Singaporean badminton players Foo Kon Fai and Victor Sim made history by becoming world champions in their respective events at the Badminton World Federation World Senior Championships held in Jeonju, South Korea

Singaporean badminton players Foo Kon Fai and Victor Sim made history by becoming world champions in their respective events at the Badminton World Federation World Senior Championships held in Jeonju, South Korea. The duo’s remarkable achievement ended a two-decade-long gold drought for Singapore in this prestigious event.

Despite being in their 60s, both athletes showcased remarkable skills and determination. Foo Kon Fai, at the age of 66, competed in multiple events, including men’s doubles, men’s singles, and mixed doubles. After securing a bronze medal with his wife Bessie Ong, Foo claimed the gold medal in the men’s singles event by defeating Indonesia’s Oetomo Maslim with a score of 21-8, 21-14.

Foo, a part-time badminton coach and former national reserve team member from the 1970s, expressed his happiness at becoming Singapore’s first senior badminton world champion. He highlighted the challenge of playing in multiple events but credited his wife for helping with massages and support.

In the semifinals, Foo faced a formidable opponent in 67-year-old Malaysian Ong Then Lin, winning with a score of 21-23, 21-9, 21-19. Foo’s victory was characterized by steady and decisive strokes, ensuring Singapore’s gold medal in this category.

Foo emphasized the mental preparation needed to face experienced opponents and noted that his dedication to regular badminton and swimming helped maintain his fitness. Winning gold alongside his wife in their second world championships was a deeply meaningful accomplishment for the pair. Singapore can now celebrate the success of these senior badminton world champions, joining the ranks of notable Singaporean badminton champions.

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