Malaysia's badminton player Lee Zii Jia is now officially the world's number three shuttler
In an update on players' world rankings recently, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) noted that Lee has been holding the current third-best player in the world spot for a week.
According to New Straits Times, the BWF froze the world rankings two years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olympic Council of Asia reported that the BWF initiated a transition back to the usual live 52-week BWF World Ranking commencing 2 August 2022. A complete live 52-week ranking will be published on 3 January 2023.
This change in ranking has bumped up Lee's previous seventh position by four spots.
Reigning Olympic and world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark remains atop the rankings, with his countrymate Anders Antonsen in second place
The number four spot is currently held by Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen, while two-time former world champion Kento Momota of Japan is in the fifth spot.
Another Malaysian men's singles player Ng Tze Yong, who won silver in the recent Commonwealth Games, is currently the world's 35th player.
According to New Straits Times, he hopes to break into the world's top 30 this year.