Badminton

Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 5:29:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 5:31:19 PM

Singles shuttler Jing Yi makes quit U-turn

KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi is back in the national team after changing her mind about quitting.

The 22-year-old Jing Yi represented the country at last year’s Olympic Games in London but dropped a bombshell by walking out on the national team two weeks ago.

Yesterday, however, she said that she had withdrawn her resignation letter after meeting with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Monday.

Jing Yi, who went to see the BAM boss in Kelantan, said that a pep talk by Tengku Mahaleel made her change her mind and she now wishes to continue serving the country.

“I was not in a good frame of mind when I decided to leave,” said Jing Yi, who submitted the resignation letter on Nov 22.

“At that time, I felt that my game was going nowhere and I could not contribute anymore.”

Her frustration is understandable.

Despite being one of the country’s top shuttlers under the charge of coach Wong Tat Meng, she struggled to display her ‘A’ game and her most disappointing outing was a first round defeat in the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.

“Now, I am encouraged and I believe that I can still contribute. The country has invested a lot on me and it is only right that I give back,” she said.

Jing Yi, whose place in the SEA Games has gone to Lim Chiew Sien, will now get ready for next season.

“I will focus on getting ready for next season. There are four major events – Uber Cup, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Firstly, my goal is to try and help the women’s team qualify for the Uber Cup Finals although it will be tough.”

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