THE news that singles champion Goh Jin Wei wants to hang up her badminton racquet came as a surprise to the sporting fraternity in Malaysia (“National women’s singles shuttler Jin Wei drops bombshell retirement announcement”, The Star, Sept 13; online at bit.ly/star_goh).
She is only 21 years old and has achieved a lot in the world of competitive badminton.
She had to stop playing for a while due to health issues and only just started to make a comeback recently. She is still not 100% fit, but time is on her side and I am sure with the medical facilities available nowadays, she can regain her health and fitness and be competitive again if she wants to.
I remember watching her play when she was at her best before her health issues, and I must say she does not have the physical build to play badminton at a high level, especially in singles.
However, she managed to challenge the best of the women’s singles players at that time through hard work and determination.
At times it was painful for me to watch her struggling on the court against better built and taller and stronger players, yet she beat them.
I cannot imagine the toll it must have taken on her developing body.
She brought glory, not only to the country, but also to her coaches and the Badminton Association of Malaysia. Unsurprisingly, she was entered into one competition after another with short recovery time in between – I felt pity when I saw her struggling on the court while others basked in the glory of her achievements.
In my opinion, she was not professionally managed and this led to her health issues and eventual burn out.
CAPT (R) OO KWAN HUAT