Famous Malaysian Sportspersons

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Lee Chong Wei
(Malaysian Former Badminton Player and Three-Time Olympic Silver Medallist)
Lee Chong Wei
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Birthdate: October 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bagan Serai, Malaysia
Malaysian former badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei held the first rank for 349 weeks as a singles player, thus becoming the only player from his country to be number one for over a year. He is a three-time Olympic silver medalist but quit the game after his cancer diagnosis.
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Lee Zii Jia
(Badminton player)
Lee Zii Jia
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Birthdate: March 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Malaysian badminton player Lee Zii Jia has gold medals in the Asian Championships, the Asia Team Championships, and the Southeast Asian Games. He began his training in badminton at age 6 and later joined the Bukit Jalil Sports School. He made headlines when he was banned by the Badminton Association of Malaysia temporarily.

 3 
Nicol David
(Malaysian Professional Squash Player Who Has Won the World Open Title Record Eight Times)
Nicol David
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Birthdate: August 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Nicol David is a retired professional squash player. From 2006 to 2015, David held on to the world number one ranking for 108 consecutive months, which is a world record. She also won a record eight World Open titles. Regarded as the greatest women's squash player ever, Nicol David won a record nine Asian Squash Championships during her illustrious career.
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Azizulhasni Awang
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Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia

Malaysian track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, also known as The Pocket Rocketman, has both an Olympic bronze and silver in his kitty. Adopted as a child, he took up cycling at age 10. While studying sports science in Australia, he became the first non-Australian to get a Blue Award from Victoria University.

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 5 
Pandelela Rinong
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Birthdate: March 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia

Two-time Olympic medalist Pandelela Rinong was scouted for state diving at the age of 7. Born into a modest family of a contractor, she initially dreamed of becoming an air stewardess and of traveling the world. She scripted history as the first Malaysian female to win an Olympic medal.

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Alex Yoong
(Racecar driver)
Alex Yoong
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Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

Alex Yoong is a Malaysian racing driver best known for winning the Malaysian Championship in 1995. Alex Yoong became the first Malaysian racer to compete in Formula One when he took part in the 2001 Italian Grand Prix. 
 

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Soh Wooi Yik
(Badminton player)
Soh Wooi Yik
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Birthdate: February 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Soh Wooi Yik is a Malaysian professional badminton player who achieved international acclaim when he won the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Soh Wooi Yik has also won medals at Asian Championships, Southeast Asian Games, and World Junior Championships.

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Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
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Birthdate: May 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi is a Malaysian former professional artistic gymnast best known for winning seven gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games. Farah Ann Abdul Hadi also won two silver medals and three bronze medals at the Southeast Asian Games over the course of her career.

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Goh Liu Ying
(Badminton player)
Goh Liu Ying
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Birthdate: May 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia

Goh Liu Ying is a Malaysian badminton player best known for winning the silver medal in the mixed doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Goh Liu Ying has also won gold medals at Asian Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Southeast Asian Games.

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Tan Wee Kiong
(Badminton player)
Tan Wee Kiong
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Birthdate: May 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Muar, Johor, Malaysia
Tan Wee Kiong is a Malaysian professional badminton player best known for winning the silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He is renowned for his partnership with Goh V Shem and the two became the fourth Malaysian men's doubles pair to achieve a ranking of world number one in 2016.
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Mohamadou Sumareh
(Football player - Winger)
Mohamadou Sumareh
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Birthdate: September 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fajara, The Gambia

Mohamadou Sumareh is best known as a winger for Johor Darul Ta'zim. Known as Keliboy, Sumareh was born in Gambia but moved to Malaysia with his father at age 12. He has been part of the PDRM teams that have won the People's Cup and Malaysia Premier League.

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Misbun Sidek
(Badminton player)
Misbun Sidek
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Birthdate: February 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Banting, Malaysia

Misbun Sidek is a Malaysian former badminton player best known for winning the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the 1980 World Championships in Jakarta. He has also won medals at important tournaments like World Cups, Thomas Cup, Southeast Asian Games, and Asian Championships. Sidek is currently serving as the team director of the national junior badminton team.

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Goh V Shem
(Badminton player)
Goh V Shem
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Birthdate: May 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Goh V Shem is a Malaysian professional badminton player best known for winning the silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Renowned for his offensive style of play, Goh V Shem has also won medals at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championships, and Southeast Asian Games.

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Rory Underwood
(Rugby union player)
Rory Underwood
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Birthdate: June 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Middlesbrough

Rory Underwood is an English former rugby union player. He predominantly played in the wing position and spent the majority of his career with Leicester Tigers. He also played for Middlesbrough and Bedford Blues. He was previously a pilot with the Royal Air Force and has played for the RAF rugby team as well. 

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Dominic Tan
(Football player)
Dominic Tan
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Birthdate: March 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

Malaysian footballer Dominic Tan is best known as a defender for Sabah FC. Starting his career with Singapore Sports School, he has later played for teams such as Harimau Muda C and Police Tero. He has also represented the Malaysian U-19, U-23, and senior national teams.

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Tan Boon Heong
(Badminton player)
Tan Boon Heong
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Birthdate: September 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Once world number one, Malaysian badminton player Tan Boon Heong is a 2-time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner. He also has an Asian Games and a World Junior Championships gold in his kitty. He has mostly won championships partnering with fellow Malaysian badminton player Koo Kien Keat.
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Chan Peng Soon
(Badminton player)
Chan Peng Soon
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Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chan Peng Soon is a Malaysian badminton player who specializes in the mixed doubles event. Chan is renowned for his partnership with Goh Liu Ying and the two achieved international prominence when they won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Chan has also won medals at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and Southeast Asian Games.

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Aaron Chia
(Badminton player)
Aaron Chia
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Birthdate: February 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia

Malaysian badminton sensation Aaron Chia is best known for his successful partnership with fellow Malaysian badminton player Soh Wooi Yik. He has an Asia Team Championships team gold and a Southeast Asian Games doubles gold in his kitty. He and Soh Wooi Yik also won an Olympic bronze.

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Safee Sali
(Football player - Forward)
Safee Sali
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Birthdate: January 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kajang, Malaysia

Safee Sali is a Malaysian professional football player who represented the Malaysia national team from 2006 to 2017 when he announced his retirement from national duties. A veteran at club level, Sali helped KL City FC win the Malaysia Cup in 2021. Safee Sali has also won the Malaysian Charity Shield, Malaysia Super League, and Malaysian FA Cup.

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Wong Mew Choo
(Badminton player)
Wong Mew Choo
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Birthdate: May 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Malaysian badminton player Wong Mew Choo is a 2-time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and also has 2 Southeast Asian Games gold medals in her kitty. However, her career has mostly been riddled with injuries. She is married to fellow Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei.

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Wong Choong Hann
(Badminton player)
Wong Choong Hann
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Birthdate: February 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wong Choong Hann is a Malaysian former badminton player. In 2003, he became the first player from Malaysia to win a medal at the BWF World Championships in the men's singles event when he won the silver medal. During his career, Wong Choong Hann also won medals at the Commonwealth Games, Southeast Asian Games, and Asian Games.

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Goh Jin Wei
(Badminton player)
Goh Jin Wei
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Birthdate: January 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia

Goh Jin Wei is a Malaysian badminton player who won the 2015 and 2018 BWF World Junior Championships. She also won the girls' singles title at the 2018 Youth Olympics. She started playing badminton at the age of six and was encouraged by her father to pursue it professionally and was drafted into the Malaysia national team in 2014.  

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Nur Dhabitah Sabri
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Birthdate: July 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nur Dhabitah Sabri is a Malaysian professional diver best known for winning three bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, including two medals at the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Queensland. She has also won several gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games. In 2017, Nur Dhabitah Sabri was chosen to light up the cauldron at the Southeast Asian Games.

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Rashid Sidek
(Badminton player)
Rashid Sidek
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Birthdate: July 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Banting, Selangor, Malaysia

Malaysian badminton player and coach Rashid Sidek has had an illustrious playing career, winning 2 Asian Championships, 2 Asian Cups, and 2 Commonwealth Games, among other championships. He has also coached the national badminton team and the para-badminton team, leading Cheah Liek Hou to a Paralympic gold medal win.

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Yau-Man Chan
(Table tennis player)
Yau-Man Chan
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Birthdate: August 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Yau-Man Chan is a Malaysian technology executive, table tennis player, and reality television participant. He is best known for appearing on the popular reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He also went on to participate in Survivor: Micronesia, where he became the third contestant to be eleminated. 

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Hairul Azreen
(Athlete)
Hairul Azreen
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Birthdate: April 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hairul Azreen is a Malaysian martial artist, stuntman, and actor. An exponent of Taekwondo, Azreen is known for appearing in Malaysian action films like PASKAL: The Movie and Polis EVO 2. Also a popular TV personality, Azreen has taken part in reality series like Fear Factor Selebriti Malaysia where he won the first place along with Dazrin Kamaruddin in 2013.  

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Gavin Green
(Golfer)
Gavin Green
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Birthdate: December 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gavin Green is a Malaysian professional golfer who won three times on the Asian Development Tour, once in 2014 and twice in 2016. He qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics though he failed to win any medal. He played on the Asian Tour in 2017 and won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters. His brother Galven Green is also a golfer. 

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Koo Kien Keat
(Badminton player)
Koo Kien Keat
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Birthdate: September 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Koo Kien Keat is a Malaysian retired badminton player best known for winning five gold medals at two Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010. A former world number 1, Koo Kien Keat also won medals at other prominent tournaments like World Championships, Asian Games, and Asian Championships.
 

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Soniia Cheah Su Ya
(Badminton player)
Soniia Cheah Su Ya
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Birthdate: June 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Soniia Cheah Su Ya is a Malaysian badminton player who won her first international title at the 2016 Belgian International tournament. She started playing badminton as a young girl and represented Malaysia at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Asian Junior Championships. She won the silver medal in the women's singles event at the Southeast Asian Games in 2017.  

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Roslin Hashim
(Badminton player)
Roslin Hashim
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Birthdate: October 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

Roslin Hashim is a former Malaysian badminton player who played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's singles. He was placed just behind the bronze medalist Soni Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia. He was regarded as a controversial figure during his career and once threatened to take the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to court. 

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Cheong Jun Hoong
(Competitive diver)
Cheong Jun Hoong
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Birthdate: April 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Malaysian diver Cheong Jun Hoong is not just an Olympic silver medalist but has also scripted history by becoming the first Malaysian diving world champion. She began training in aquatics at age 4 and focused on diving at age 9. She was apparently dropped from the national team due to budget cuts.

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Liew Daren
(Badminton player)
Liew Daren
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Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Liew Daren is a Malaysian professional badminton player who won the 2012 French Open Super Series. He began playing badminton at the age of seven and turned professional in 1998. He competed at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, representing Malaysia. He reached the 2014 Thomas Cup finals, where he lost to Takuma Ueda from Japan. 

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Leong Mun Yee
(Competitive diver)
Leong Mun Yee
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Birthdate: December 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Leong Mun Yee is a Malaysian retired professional diver best known for winning two bronze medals and a silver medal at the World Championships. Leong Mun Yee also won many gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games during her diving career. In 2008, she competed in the Summer Olympics, becoming the first Malaysian diver to participate in three Olympic Games.

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Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin
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Birthdate: May 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is a Malaysian former badminton player turned coach. He represented his nation as the third singles in the 2018 Thomas Cup and helped Malaysia qualify for the quarter-finals. He became a coach after retirement and was appointed as part of the Irish badminton coaching staff in 2021. He is expected to coach in Ireland in 2022. 

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Zulfadli Zulkiffli
(Badminton player)
Zulfadli Zulkiffli
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Birthdate: February 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Zulfadli Zulkiffli is a Malaysian former badminton player who emerged as the boys' singles gold medalist at the 2011 Asian and World Junior Championships. He also clinched the gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games the same year. He was banned from all badminton-related activities for 20 years over match-fixing violations in 2018.   

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Julian Yee
(Figure skater)
Julian Yee
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Birthdate: May 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

Julian Yee is a Malaysian professional figure skater best known for his performance in the 2017 and 2019 Southeast Asian Games. He won gold medals in both tournaments in the men’s singles event. A five-time Malaysian national champion, Julian Yee represented his country at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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Woon Khe Wei
(Badminton player)
Woon Khe Wei
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Birthdate: March 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Selangor, Malaysia

Woon Khe Wei is a Malaysian former badminton player who primarily played in the doubles events. Her regular partner was Vivian Hoo and the duo was ranked as high as No. 9 worldwide. Together, they won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and reached the quarterfinals in the 2016 Olympics. She retired in December 2018. 

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Muhammad Hafiz Hashim
(Badminton player)
Muhammad Hafiz Hashim
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Birthdate: September 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

Muhammad Hafiz Hashim is a former Malaysian badminton player who won the 2003 All England Open Badminton Championships. He is counted amongst the most successful Malay badminton players. As a player, he was known for his cool approach on the court regardless of his opponent. He became a coach after his retirement. His brother Roslin is a former world No.1. 

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Tan Kim Her
(Badminton player)
Tan Kim Her
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Birthdate: November 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Unknown

Tan Kim Her is a Malaysian former badminton player and coach. He partnered with Soo Beng Kiang and competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in men's doubles. They made it to the semi-finals, where the duo lost to the eventual gold medallists, Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja of Indonesia. He is currently Japan's men's doubles coach.

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Chong Wei Feng
(Badminton player)
Chong Wei Feng
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Birthdate: May 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia

Chong Wei Feng is a Malaysian retired badminton player who reached the semi-finals of the 2012 and 2013 China Open. However, he was defeated by Chen Long on both occasions. He started playing badminton at the age of nine and was drafted into the national team through the Badminton Association of Malaysia annual selections in 2004. He retired in 2016. 

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Shevon Jemie Lai
(Badminton player)
Shevon Jemie Lai
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Birthdate: August 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Selangor, Malaysia

Shevon Jemie Lai is a Malaysian badminton player who won the Romanian International tournament in the mixed doubles event with Wong Fai Yin in 2016. She started playing badminton at her primary school and joined the Malaysia national badminton team in 2011. She competed at the Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, in 2013 and the Singapore International Series in 2014. 

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Leong Jun Hao
(Badminton player)
Leong Jun Hao
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Birthdate: July 13, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Leong Jun Hao is a Malaysian professional badminton player. He achieved national prominence in 2022 when he won the gold medal in the men's team event at the Asia Team Championships in Selangor, Malaysia. He first achieved popularity in 2017 when he won the gold medal in the boys' singles event at the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Cheam June Wei
(Badminton player)
Cheam June Wei
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Birthdate: January 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seberang Jaya, Penang, Malaysia

Cheam June Wei is a Malaysian professional badminton player who achieved national prominence in 2014 when he won the gold medal in the mixed doubles event at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Cheam June Wei is best known for winning the silver medal in the men's team event at the 2020 Asia Team Championships in Manila.

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Jalani Sidek
(Badminton player)
Jalani Sidek
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Birthdate: November 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
Jalani Sidek is a Malaysian former badminton player and coach. He is one of the popular five Sidek brothers, who have a significant history in professional badminton in Malaysia. He and his siblings received their training under their father, a famous badminton coach. Jalani regularly partnered with his elder brother, Razif. After retirement, the brothers established a badminton club. 
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Kisona Selvaduray
(Badminton player)
Kisona Selvaduray
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Birthdate: October 1, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Kisona Selvaduray is a Malaysian badminton player who won her first senior international title at the Indonesia International Series tournament in the women's singles event in 2017. She also won the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games tournament in the women's singles event and the bronze medal as part of the women’s team in 2019.  

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Razif Sidek
(Badminton player)
Razif Sidek
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Birthdate: May 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Banting, Selangor, Malaysia

Razif Sidek is a Malaysian former badminton player and coach. One of the famous five Sidek brothers, he received his initial training in badminton from his father, Haji Mohd Sidek. He regularly partnered with his younger brother, Jalani, and they became one of the best doubles pairs in the world in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Vivian Hoo Kah Mun
(Badminton player)
Vivian Hoo Kah Mun
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Birthdate: March 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Vivian Hoo Kah Mun is a Malaysian badminton player. A regular women's doubles player, she partnered with Woon Khe Wei in the women's doubles event and reached the top 10 BWF World Ranking. She has won the Commonwealth Games women's doubles event twice, once with Woon in 2014 and once with Chow Mei Kuan in 2018.  

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Khair Jones
(Football Defender)
Khair Jones
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Birthdate: September 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Khair Jones is a Malaysian professional football player who has been a part of the Malaysia national football team since 2016. A defender, Jones has had success in the Malaysia Super League where he has represented teams like Melaka United and Sarawak United. In 2016, Khair Jones helped Melaka United win the Malaysia Premier League.

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Foo Kok Keong
(Badminton player)
Foo Kok Keong
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Birthdate: January 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gombak District, Malaysia

Foo Kok Keong is a Malaysian former badminton player who was ranked amongst the best singles players in the world from the late-1980s to the 1990s. Apart from competing at the 1992 Olympic Games, Foo Kok Keong also won medals at prestigious tournaments like World Cups, Thomas Cups, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games.

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Cheah Soon Kit
(Badminton player)
Cheah Soon Kit
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Birthdate: January 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Cheah Soon Kit is a Malaysian former badminton player and coach. He was one of the top doubles stars in the world in his prime and was especially known for his amazing jumping smash. He partnered with Yap Kim Hock to win the Olympic silver medal in Atlanta in 1996. He became a successful coach after his retirement.