SPOTV serving viewers the best of badminton with the 2022 Total Energies  Badminton World Federation World Championships

Badminton fans rejoice, as SPOTV is set to broadcast and stream  all the action from the upcoming Total Energies Badminton World Federation World  Championships on 22 – 28 August, live from Tokyo, Japan. 

Subscribers on SPOTV’s mobile streaming app, SPOTV NOW, will be thrust into the thick of the  tournament, with access to all matches from round of 64 across all 4 courts at the Tokyo  Metropolitan Gymnasium.  

There are strong expectations following the Championship’s draw results on 10 August: Fans can  certainly expect to see some highly anticipated matches and thrilling clashes as all five reigning  champions – Loh Kean Yew and Yamaguchi Akane, alongside the men’s doubles pair of Hoki  Takuro and Kobayashi Yugo, women’s doubles pair of Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan as well  as the mixed doubles duo of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai – will be  returning with all guns blazing to defend their respective titles. 

All eyes will be on the following highlights, amongst others, as Asian fans root steadfastly for their  home athletes: 

● With a 31-match winning streak this season, men’s singles world No.1 Viktor Axelsen of  Denmark is at peak form and will certainly be looking to make up for a crushing first round  exit from the previous edition of the Worlds, where he conceded to current reigning  champion, Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew. He potentially faces recent Commonwealth  Games semi-finalist, Jia Heng Jason Teh of Singapore in the second round.  

● Hopes are strong for Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong as he rides on a high from clinching a  team gold and a silver medal for himself at the recent 2022 Commonwealth Games. But  his road is not going to be easy as he faces Indonesia’s Malaysian Master’s champion,  Chico Aura, right off the bat in the first round. 

● Indonesia has a strong showing at the Championships with world No. 6 Anthony Ginting and world No. 7 Jonatan Christie set to dominate the men’s singles. It is no less  interesting with the men’s doubles pairs dominating the Top 5 – where top seeds Marcus  Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and their other two teams (in 3rd and  5th position respectively) managed to receive byes in the first round. Fans are also excited  for women’s doubles pair Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti and Ribka Sugiarto, especially  as this might be their last pairing together before moving on with their new partners.

● In women’s singles, world No. 8, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who made history by  becoming the first Thai world champion in 2013, is set to contend fiercely for the title but  may face her fellow Thai compatriot, Phittayaporn Chaiwan in the second round. If she  wins, she potentially faces world No. 2, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying – which will be a match not  to be missed between these famous rivals-turned-friends duo. 

● Hong Kong’s dream of success rests with mixed doubles pair Tang Chun-man and Tse  Ying-suet as they received a bye for the first round but may potentially meet with the  reigning mixed doubles champions from Thailand in Round 3. 

All these and more will be made available Live on demand to SPOTV NOW premium subscribers  while regular subscribers can catch up anytime, anywhere for free. The matches on main Courts  1 and 2 will also be available on SPOTV’s linear channels SPOTV and SPOTV2. 

Mr. Lee Choong Khay, CEO of SPOTV said: “As a sports platform in Asia, SPOTV is also  dedicated to celebrating sports that Asians love. Badminton is a perfect example of how local fans  support their local athletes with fervor – be it on the regional or international stage. We are proud  to be able to provide them with both the platform and options to get closer to the games that  matter most to them.” 

SPOTV channels are available in Singapore on StarHub (Ch 205 & 206) and Singtel (Ch 114 &  115). 

SPOTV is committed to introducing a new era in sports entertainment by bringing fans closer to  the world’s biggest and most popular sporting events, not only on the TV screen, but also via the  SPOTV NOW app as well as curated and localized behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground  coverage on @SPOTVSEA on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.  

SPOTV NOW is available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore on  Google Play Store and App Store. 

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