Malaysia’s top seed Lee Zii Jia is looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics Games where he wants to be a top-seeded player.

The BWF came out with updated rules for the Tokyo qualifications and seeding. Lee is currently qualified at No. 9 on the Race to Tokyo rankings.

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There are 17 Olympic qualification tournaments left starting with the Swiss Open (2-7 March) and ending with the India Open (11-16 May). The Star speculates that Lee could join six qualification tournaments to get a better seeding than his current No. 9.

With the busy schedule laid out by the BWF ahead of the Olympics, Lee said he was not sure how many he would compete in, so there was an added incentive to perform well.

“But whether the seeding is based on the world rankings or Race to Tokyo, it’s my target to do well in every single tournament once the season resumes next year. There’re no two ways about it if I want to improve on my ranking.

“I want to finish as high as I can so that I will head to Tokyo as one of the seeded players. This would help me get a favourable draw.”

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