Commonwealth Games 2022: How to watch Team Malaysia - preview, schedule & key athletes

The Malaysia team for Birmingham 2022 is packed full of Olympic stars. Find out how to see Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, and many more in action.

By Olympics.com
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Malaysia is ready for the Commonwealth Games.

Over 100 athletes will be flying the flag in Birmingham at their 11th participation with all sights set on adding to an impressive overall medal haul that stacks up at 205 medals to date: 59 gold, 65 silver and 81 bronze.

And with the stacked line-up they have heading to the United Kingdom, 28 July - 8 August, the 'Land Below the Wind' is sure to add to that legacy.

While badminton superstar Lee Zii Jia will not take part, men's double act Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik are strong gold medal hopes alongside Malaysia's dive darling Pandelela Rinong and her partner Nur Dhabitah.

Scroll down for a deeper look at the top Malaysian stars to watch out for at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

READ: Commonwealth Games 2022: Preview, schedule, how to watch the stars in action

Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah - Diving - 10m Platform

Two-time Olympic medallist Pandelela Rinong is out to add to her considerable Commonwealth Games medal collection in Birmingham; she already has two gold, two silver and a bronze medal from previous editions.

Rinong, 29, has struck up a winning partnership with Nur Dhabitah (23) and they're on a roll after they won gold at the SEA Games in Hanoi in May, then claimed a podium finish and a bronze medal at the FINA World Championships in Budapest at the beginning of July.

Rinong also won bronze in the individual 10m platform event in Hungary and is ready for more.

Now these two world-class plungers are hoping for more silverware in the north of England with the chemistry growing between them on the path to Paris 2024.

Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah 10m Platform diving: Schedule for Commonwealth Games 2022

All times are British Summer Time (GMT/UTC+1)

  • Thursday 4 August - Women's 10m platform prelims (2pm - 4:45pm)
  • Thursday 4 August - Women's 10m platform final and medal ceremony (7pm - 10pm)

Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik - Badminton

Malaysian shuttle hero Lee Chong Wei won five Commonwealth Games gold medals and one silver between 2006-2018 and remains the nation's most successful athlete at this competition.

Lee may be retired now, and while the heir to his throne - 24-year-old Lee Zii Jia - decided not to compete this time around, Malaysia will be supporting the men's doubles team of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik.

The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallists are currently ranked 6th in the world and with no participation from Japan or Indonesia, Malaysia's duo are the highest ranking pair in the men's competition

Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik: Schedule for Commonwealth Games 2022

  • Thursday 4 August - men's doubles badminton preliminaries
  • Friday 5 August - men's doubles badminton preliminaries
  • Saturday 6 August - men's doubles quarter-finals
  • Sunday 7 August – men's doubles semi-finals (Morning)
  • Monday 8 August – men's doubles final (Morning)

Ooi Tze Liang - Diving

Malaysia's diving team managed an impressive clean sweep of gold medals at this year’s postponed SEA Games in Hanoi, and will be aiming for the same in Birmingham.

One of the stars who topped the charts in Vietnam with two gold medals was Ooi Tze Liang, an experienced 28-year-old diver. Now he's after a second Commonwealth Games gold medal to add to his Glasgow 2014 triumph.

Look out for him in the 3m springboard and 3m synchro events.

Ooi Tze Liang: Schedule for Commonwealth Games 2022

  • Friday 5 August - men's 3m synchro (11-1:30pm)
  • Saturday 6 August - men's 3m springboard prelims (11am - 1pm)
  • Saturday 6 August - men's 3m springboard final (7pm - 9:45pm)

Malaysian stars to watch in Birmingham

There are many more names that could make the front pages at these Games including strongman discus thrower Irfan Shamsuddin who retained his SEA Games title in Hanoi, Bonnie Bunyau Gustin who's a para power-lifter and Malaysia's flagbearer at the opening ceremony.

20-year-old Aifa Azman is the other flagbearer for the team and she'll take part in the squash competition.

Badminton has always been a happy hunting ground for Team Malaysia and is the sport they have had the most success in by far at this competition with 29 gold medals.

Soh and Chia are the big names on the team but don't count out the other members:

22-year-olds Ng Tze Yong (Men's singles) and Goh Jin Wei (Women's singles) could spring a surprise.

Goh is 2018 Youth Olympics champion and looking to make a mark while Malaysia also has a lot of quality in the doubles line-up.

Tune in!

How to watch Malaysia at Commonwealth Games 2022:TV and live streams

Malaysia: Astro Arena, streaming here

India: Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX, and Sony TEN 4 channels. Live streaming on the SonyLIV app and website.

UK: BBC TV, Radio, iPlayer

Canada: CBC Sports, CBC Sports app

Australia: Channel 7, 7Plus

New Zealand: Sky, TVNZ

Further streaming details to be released on the Commonwealth Games website.

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