Top badminton stars to square off in HCMC friendly

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Vietnamese badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh will play Denmark's number one Peter Høeg Gade in Ho Chi Minh City November 30.

The match is part of sporting and cultural programs to be organized in connection with a visit by Prince Frederik of Denmark next week.

The monarch will visit Vietnam from November 28 to December 1 at the invitation of Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties.

World No 7 Minh has played the No 4 ranked Dane seven times before and lost every time.

The 35-year-old Gade is a former world No 1 while Minh has reached 6th in the Badminton World Federation rankings.

The 28-year-old Vietnamese was expected to win the gold medal at this month's Southeast Asian Games but was swept aside in the quarterfinals. He then flew to China for the China Open but was beaten by 18th ranked Dane Jan O Jorgensen in the second round Thursday.

The Minh-Gade match, to be held at the Phan Dinh Phung Sports Center, will be organized by the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism together with the Danish Consulate General and the media and event company EEC.

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