An uphill task again for the defending Champions at the Thomas Cup 2016.

The last Thomas Cup 2014 in New Dehli, two highly underdog nations made it into the finals. Japan managed to stop the reigning champion China in the semi-finals with an impressive score of 3-0. China was aiming to set a new record of 6 consecutive Thomas Cup win.

Where as for the Malaysian team, full young and inexperienced players besides Lee Chong Wei. Nobody really had any idea they would make it into the finals. Beating the Indonesian team, who holds the same record with China(winning the cup 5 consecutive times). The young Malaysian team won the power house Indonesia 3-0 in the semi finals.

Here’s the highlights of the final battle between Japan and Malaysia. The Japanese create history by being the 4th country to every won the prestigious cup.  For the record, only Malaysia, Indonesia and China has won the cup.

As for this year Thomas Cup 2016. Things could be quite interesting and it will be an uphill task for defending champions Japan.Their players Kento Momota and Kenichi  Tago, are suspended and expelled from the Japanese national team due to illegal gambling at casinos. Here’s the draw for the Thomas Cup 2016.

 

Thomas Cup 2016 draw

Thomas Cup 2016 draw

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