Badminton way of forging closer ties – Scoreboard

The winning BSN team members who won the Champion title at the inaugural CTOS Inter-Financial Institution Badminton Championship. — Photos: IBRAHIM MOKHTAR/The Star

BANK Simpanan Nasional (BSN) had the honour of claiming the inaugural Inter-Financial Institution Badminton Championship title after two gruelling days of competition.

The two-day competition which saw 12 institutions from the public and private finance sectors in action was organised by credit rating agency CTOS Data Systems Sdn Bhd and supported by Purple League.

Set to be an annual tournament, the first edition was held at Sports Arena Sentosa, Kuala Lumpur, with the aim to cultivate stronger ties within the country’s top financial institutions through the country’s most popular sport – badminton.

Each team competed in five categories – Men’s Singles, Ladies Doubles, Men’s Doubles, Mix Doubles and a Men’s Veteran Doubles.

The tournament featured five categories, and the teams had to win three games to beat their opponent.

BSN team emerged victorious after beating Alliance Bank in an intense finals match 3-0 with two matches to spare.

The other semifinalists – Bank Negara Malaysia and the Finance Ministry – then went to the third- and fourth-placing playoff with Bank Negara Malaysia walking away winners after defeating the Finance Ministry’s squad 3-0.

BSN coach and banking officer agent Muhammad Rosman Hashim said the winning team comprised players from Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur.

“Some of the players were used to playing together so the pairing wasn’t much of a problem for us.

“We are surprised but happy to win this competition because our expectations were very high. It was definitely a tough final for us against Alliance.

“In a way, we were lucky that we met them in the group stages where me managed to beat them as well. So for the final, we stuck to what we believed was an effective strategy, and it paid off.

CTOS Data Systems Sdn Bhd group chief executive officer Dennis Martin awarded the cash prizes and medals to the champion and runners-up, as well as third- and fourth-placed teams. The champion also received the CTOS Challenge Annual Trophy.

Supporters cheering their teams on during the tournament.

“Our goal at CTOS is to improve Malaysia’s financial landscape. This championship is a step in creating a stronger public-private partnership within the financial sector in the country,” he said.

“Through badminton, Malaysia’s favourite sport, we can unite and foster stronger relationships between the financial sectors in Malaysia.”

Former national doubles legend Yap Kim Hock was also present to watch the finals and lend his support to the organisers.

The participants included Affin Bank, Alliance Bank, Allianz Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia, Bank Rakyat, Bank Simpanan National, Deutsche Bank, HSBC Bank, Finance Ministry, RHB Bank, SME Bank and CTOS Data Systems.

BSN received a prize money of RM3,000, the CTOS Challenge…

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