Malaysian para badminton player Cheah Liek Hou has not only won the men’s singles title at the Spanish Para International Badminton Championship, but also secured his spot at the Tokyo Paralympics.
The world number two player, who clinched the title on Sunday May 16th by winning the SU5 (upper body disability) category after defeating Japanese world number five Taiyo Imai 21-13, 21-11 in the final in Cartagena, Spain.
With this win, Cheah has confirmed his ticket to the Tokyo Paralympics to be held from August 24th – September 5th.
This brings the national elite para shuttler’s winning streak to an impressive 31 consecutive matches, dating back to 2019.
Cheah, who trains under former national shuttler, Datuk Rashid Sidek, had very minimal time to train for this tournament, as he had to be quarantined after returning from winning another tournament in the United Arab Emirates last month. At the Fazza-Dubai Para International tournament, Cheah won against Indonesian Dheva Anrimusthi 14-20, 22-20, 21-18.
Having bagged titles in Denmark, Japan, Brazil and Peru, this young man is nothing short of remarkable.
GoodNews is elated and wishes him the absolute best as he trains for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics.
According to NST, Coach Datuk Rashid Sidek confirmed that Cheah’s win enabled the six-time former world champion to book his place at the Tokyo Paralympics from Aug 24-Sept 5.
“I’m satisfied with Cheah’s performance and happy to see that he had fulfilled his target to win this tournament,” said Rashid.