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Matthew Abela Will Be The First Badminton Player To Represent Malta At The Summer Olympics


Local badminton sensation, Matthew Abela, has been confirmed as the first badminton player to represent Malta at the Olympic games!  The Maltese Olympic Committee announced that the young athlete will form part of the Maltese committee at the forthcoming Olympics in Tokyo.


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Abela, a six-time Maltese singles champion, has been competing in the sport from a very young age. He was introduced to badminton by his father, who also coaches. His big break happened when he was selected to join Badminton Europe’s Centre of Excellence, based in Denmark, in 2017. He spent three years gaining valuable international experience and training with the best athletes and coaches.



At just 22 years of age, Matthew has competed in countless major international tournaments abroad, from Egypt and Bahrain to Ukraine and Portugal. Reacting to the news, Matthew said: ‘Words cannot describe how I’m feeling at the moment and to be honest I still can’t believe it!.


‘It has always been my dream to compete at this level. I have been working hard daily during the past few years to reach this goal.’, he added. With the Olympic games just seven weeks away, Abela must now train in preparation for the big event.


The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place between 23rd July and 8th August in Tokyo.