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Soh Wooi Yik

A talented badminton player who comes from a family of shuttlers, Olympic bronze medalist Soh Wooi Yik aspires to take this game to greater heights

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Soh Wooi Yik, alongside Aaron Chia, is one-half of the talented pair of national shuttlers who are rising stars in the badminton world. A former student of the Bukit Jalil Sports School, Soh debuted at the junior level in the Under-19 Junior International Championships in Malaysia in 2015 together with Soh. Though the pair was briefly separated, they would rejoin to play in the 2017 Malaysia International Challenge.

Soh stands at 185cm—his height, paired with Chia’s lightning-fast reflexes—make the duo a powerful pair to contend with. Both players have consistently finished in second place in most of the international competitions they participate in. Some of their notable wins include the gold medal at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where the pair defeated the men’s doubles players from Indonesia, Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan. They also finished as runners-up in the 2019 All England.

The Kuala Lumpur native started playing the sport as young as four years old and he started playing badminton professionally at the age of six. He competed in the Smiling Fish International Series in Thailand in 2012.

Badminton runs through Soh’s family as his father Soh Goon Chup played for the Malaysian national team in the 1970s. Most notably his uncle Soo Ben Kiang was an Olympian who partnered with Datuk Cheah Soon Kit to win the Thomas Cup in 1992.

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Soh Wooi Yik speaks four languages – English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese. 

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