South Africa JM

Jacob MALIEKAL (38907)


Date of birth
Place of birth
Mthata, South Africa
Current Residence
Shenzhen, China
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
International Debut (Senior)
Play R or L
Right handed
When and where I began playing and why?
Year 2000 in East London, South Africa. I used to play as it was a family sport but I never took it seriously as it was not popular. I used to go and play a bit with my parents until 2007 where I played a few national tournaments and did quite well so I started training and it got better from there.
When did you start competing or playing competitively?
In 2007, I competed in a few national tournaments and made the National Junior Team.
Who has had the greatest influence on your career so far?
Yeoh Kay Bin
Equipment Sponsor
Kawasaki Nazar
Memorable sporting achievement
2011 and 2014 All AfricaGames Men's singles gold medal
Most memorable match
Lee Chong Wei Thomas Cup 2012
Previous Olympic Games competed and result
Toughest opponent I’ve faced
Lee Chong Wei
Sporting Ambitions
Olympic Games RIO 2016
Member of national team since
Lee Chong Wei
Any Superstitions or Rituals?
Long shower before every match