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Zii Jia receives F&N shares reward for All England victory

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At the signing ceremony last year, Lee Zii Jia said support from 100PLUS would inspire him to greater success. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: National No 1 singles player Lee Zii Jia received a windfall in the form of 1,000 shares of F&N worth RM30,300 following his sensational victory at the 2021 All England Open in Birmingham, England, last month.

The contribution from 100PLUS was presented to Zii Jia by F&N Holdings Bhd chairman Tengku Syarif Bendahara Perlis Syed Badarudin Jamalullail and chief executive officer Lim Yew Hoe, at a simple ceremony here today.

100PLUS senior marketing manager Leong Wai Yin said Zii Jia’s success was remarkable especially when he defeated two of the world’s best players, Kento Momota from Japan in the quarterfinal and Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) in the final at Utilita Arena.

“During the contract signing ceremony last January, Zii Jia said the support from 100PLUS would help inspire him to achieve greater success. He fulfilled his promise and now he is the All England champion,” Leong said in a statement.

The 23-year-old from Kedah, who is also 100PLUS ambassador, beat world No 1 Momota 21-16, 21-19 in the quarterfinal and Dutch player Mark Caljouw 21-13, 21-17 in the semifinal.

Zii Jia then beat defending champion Axelsen 30-29, 20-22, 21-9 in a thrilling final to emerge as the champion.

Leong also expressed his hopes Zii Jia would continue to perform at his best at the upcoming Malaysia Open in May and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this July.

Besides Zii Jia, national badminton legend, Lee Chong Wei and doubles pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik are also 100PLUS ambassadors.

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