HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of the MetLife BWF World Superseries sponsored by MetLife, Inc., the #1 US life insurer^, YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open 2015 came to a memorable close yesterday at the Hong Kong Coliseum, with Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Spain’s Carolina Marin emerging singles champions. The last time Lee took home the men’s singles championship in Hong Kong was in 2013.
The six-day tournament, which offers total prize money of USD350,000, is the Hong Kong stop of the BWF World Superseries. Inaugurated in 2007, the BWF World Superseries comprises 12 tournaments, attracting the top 32 world-ranked players in singles and doubles. With its title sponsorship of this spectacular international event since 2014, MetLife has shown continued dedication to fulfilling its corporate social responsibility by fostering a healthy community globally.
Mr. Lennard Yong, Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Hong Kong*, attended the finals yesterday. “MetLife and BWF have partnered across the world with the shared mission to enhance diversity and health and wellness,” he said. “Through extending our global partnership to Hong Kong, we hope to engage and encourage the local community to build interest in sports and healthy living, as we continue to commit ourselves to realizing our brand promise to help people pursue more from life.”
This year’s tournament brought together over 250 players from 23 countries and regions. “Badminton is one of the most popular sports in Asia,” said Mr. Thomas Lund, Secretary General of Badminton World Federation. “Not only does it improve our health, but it also helps us build friendships and relieve our stress, ultimately connecting us together as a health-conscious community. We look forward to partnering with MetLife again next year to offer badminton fans a valuable opportunity to relive the excitement of this world-class event, and to promote this fun sport across the region and especially in Hong Kong.”
In addition, MetLife Hong Kong organized a family-focused health and wellness event named “2015 Family Health Day” on November 1, 2015 at South China Athletic Association, inviting customers and agents to bring along their children for a day of entertaining badminton activities led by a renowned player, Hu Yun, from the Hong Kong Badminton team. Complimentary YONEX badminton rackets were given out to the young participants as well.
Ms. Eva Wong, Chief Agency Officer of MetLife Hong Kong, said, “MetLife Hong Kong has always put an emphasis on empowering agents to build a lasting and positive relationship with customers. Perhaps there is no easier way to make that connection than with sports, which is a universal language. It helps us have meaningful interaction while having an enjoyable and relaxing time.”
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world#. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
^Axco Global Statistics 2014
*MetLife Limited and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Hong Kong Limited (collectively “MetLife Hong Kong”) are wholly-owned subsidiaries of MetLife, Inc. in Hong Kong and private companies limited by shares incorporated and registered under the applicable laws in Hong Kong. Both MetLife Limited and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Hong Kong Limited are authorized insurers carrying long term business in Hong Kong.
#Based on non-banking assets according to A.M. Best research 2012 data, Best’s Review July 2014