Kuala Lumpur: After a three week break, the second half of Malaysia’s first professional badminton league – Kopiko Purple League will kick into full gear on January 2, 2015.
Second half of the season will see the addition of world number three Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark and world number 4 Kenichi Tago of Japan. Jorgensen and Tago will play for Petaling BC. In addition, the number two team in Purple League, Muar City BC have also picked up a big name in women’s singles, the BWF Superseries Finals women’s singles champion Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan.
Purple League’s CEO Datuk Jack Koh hoped these signings will improve the quality of the event for spectators.
“Although the transfer window expired on Dec 22, but our technical officer wanted to make sure everything is in order, that’s why it took us until Friday to get everything finalized,” said Jack Koh.
“I hope these new signings could bring more excitement to the fans. After first half of the season, teams are more familiar with the rules, I am sure they will give everything they can to win the title,” added Jack.
“Meanwhile, we will also broadcast some of the matches live in countries such as Taiwan, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.”
The league’s top team Puchong United BC also included world number 26 men’s singles player Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand and former Asian Junior women’s champion Aya Ohori of Japan into their roster.