Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Nguyen Tien Minh will set the record for the most appearances in the Badminton World Federation Championship (BWF) later this month.
The top-ranked national player will take part in the event for the 13th time since its debut in 2005, one more than the current record held by Chinese legend Lin Dan.
Malaysian prodigy Lee Chong Wei has competed in 11 championships.
Lin, who won five trophies, and Lee, who appeared in four final matches, retired in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Minh is one of 54 male athletes in the tournament to be held in Japan from August 22-28.
The world number 72 seed will return to the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo a year after competing at the Summer Olympics, where he failed to advance to the round of 16.
The 39-year-old from Ho Chi Minh City will be the oldest player in the tournament.
Other older athletes include Niluka Karunaratne from Sri Lanka and Pablo Abian from Spain, both 37.
Minh’s highest world ranking was No. 5 in 2010 and his best world championship result was a bronze medal in 2013.
Last year, he was eliminated in the first round in Spain. The four-time Olympian won a bronze medal at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi in May.
On August 5, BWF also announced the roster.
Olympians Nguyen Thuy Linh and Vu Thi Trang will represent Vietnam.
Linh, 53rd in the world, is the highest ranked Vietnamese player. She has just returned from a competition tour in Singapore and Chinese Taipei.
Linh, 24, is chasing points to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. She first competed in the global event in 2018 in China. Last year, she was beaten by China’s Han Yue in the first round.
Trang, No. 69, was Vietnam’s No. 1 for a long time before being knocked down by Linh a few years ago.
The 30-year-old recorded a better result than her compatriot, advancing to the second round in 2015 and advancing to the knockout stages in 2019.
Linh and Trang were part of the Vietnamese team that won bronze at the May Games SEA Games.
The organizers of the world championship have not yet drawn lots but the competition will take place in the form of direct elimination./.