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Lee Zii Jia

A talented athlete who has risen to be Malaysia’s ace badminton player and best hope at winning gold at the Olympics.

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At just 23 years old, Lee Zii Jia represents the new generation of Malaysian badminton players who are taking the country’s game to the next level. Born in the state of Kedah, Lee is the son of former national basketball players Lee Chee Hin and Leow Siet Peng.

Lee was first introduced to badminton by his father who brought him to a badminton club when he was six years old. He excelled in the sport and won several under-12 competitions and was subsequently drafted into the Bukit Jalil Sports School. He has been trained by various coaches including former national badminton champions Datuk Misbun Sidek and Datuk Tey Seu Bock.

Lee won his first international title at the Victor Polish International championship in 2017. He also participated in other competitions winning the bronze medal in the World Junior Championship for boy’s and silver for the mixed team category in 2016. In addition, Lee netted the goal at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and won the All-England Open Badminton Championships in 2021. He also presented Malaysia at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and made it to the Last-16.

When he is not on the court, Lee plays basketball in his free time and is active on Instagram where he plays the guitar, sings and raps in Mandrin and Malay. He is also a basketball fan with his favourite team being the Los Angeles Lakers and players like Lebron James and the late Kobe Bryant.

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Lee is the only Malaysian shuttler in the Top 10 world ranking list of badminton players, having played 24 tournaments and won 161 games out of 243 games.

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