Ex-shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei, who played in four Olympics, hopes more Malaysians will qualify for next year’s Paris Olympics, and inspire more to play the sport.
The BA of Malaysia is unlikely to rehire Indonesian coach Indra Wijaya following his split from world No. 2 Lee Zii Jia. The national body will also review the performances of all national shuttlers, including S. Kisona, next month.
Malaysia’s badminton player Lee Zii Jia and his Indonesian coach, Indra Wijaya, parted ways on Friday. This was confirmed by Indra Wijaya who is in Jakarta for a short break.
The subject of country versus personal glory is now being debated as Malaysia’s top shuttler, Lee Zii Jia, has opted out of the Commonwealth Games to concentrate on the World Championships.
Fresh from the saga involving the BA of Malaysia and Lee Zii Jia who opted to go independent, Malaysia’s victory in the Badminton Asia Team Championship showed Lee and those within the national stable gave their best for the country.
Being let off the hook for turning independent is the perfect Chinese New Year gift for Lee Zii Jia, and an early birthday present for Goh Jin Wei, who turns 22 today. However, the BA of Malaysia, having started this mess, must look from within to ensure that such a national embarrassment does not happen again.
Badminton player Goh Jin Wei has emailed an appeal letter to the BA of Malaysia (BAM) against her two-year suspension. She hopes the national body will revoke its decision to suspend her.
BA of Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos believes the national body and national shuttler Lee Zii Jia have reached an “amicable solution” and that the details will be revealed next week.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia has confirmed that world No. 7 Lee Zii Jia has submitted an appeal letter after the national body decided not to register him for any international tournament for two years after he quit the National Training Centre.
Lawyer Nik Erman Nik Roseli says the clause used by the Badminton Association of Malaysia for not registering Lee Zii Jia and Goh Jin Wei for international meets for two years is against the Malaysian Contracts Act 1950 but may not be against Badminton World Federation regulations.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) says it will not register Lee Zii Jia and Goh Jin Wei for any tournament for two years for withdrawing from the national body.
Hopefully, Badminton Association of Malaysia will take the cue from Lee Zii Jia’s defeat and focus more on developing a winning mentality and toughness among our players, especially when the chips are down, writes Dr Pola Singh.
Azizulhasni Awang will unveil the final version of the WXR Vorteq bicycle at the Tokyo Olympics later this month, saying he is in the best shape of his life as he aims for the elusive gold medal.