Fit Jing Yi gets to keep her hard-earned Olympic ticket

Jing Yi all smiles that she gets to keep her Olympic Games ticket.

Jing Yi all smiles that she gets to keep her Olympic Games ticket.

PETALING JAYA: Tee Jing Yi has been given the green light to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

There were doubts earlier that the national No. 1 women’s singles shuttler would not be able to compete in Rio despite earning her spot by merit. The world No. 28 suffered an ankle injury in May, and there was speculation that the spot would go to youngster Goh Jin Wei.

But the National Sports Institute (NSI) gave Jing Yi a clean bill of health and she will now head to Rio together with Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles), Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (men’s doubles), Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (women’s doubles) and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles).

It will be the 25-year-old Jing Yi’s second Olympics. She made her Olympic debut in London 2012 but failed to progress past the group stage.

“The NSI told us that Jing Yi is fit enough for the Olympics. It’s only right then that she represents the country,” said Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria after a coaching and training committee meeting on Monday.

Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza  tolks while looks on is Datuk Siah Kok Chi and Peter Chee during the SEA Games Team Manager's meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.(17/04/2015/S.S.KANESAN/The Star)
File photo of Norza (left) during the SEA Games last year. He believes it is only right for Jing Yi to go after all she had qualified on merit.

Jing Yi, however, has pulled out of this week’s Taiwan Open in Taipei.

“This is to allow Jing Yi to focus solely on her preparations for the Olympics,” said Norza.

With Jing Yi out, youngster Ho Yen Mei is the only women’s singles shuttler in Taipei.

The 20-year-old Yen Mei will take on homester Sung Shuo-yun in the first round on Wednesday.

In the men’s singles, Malaysia will be represented by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Goh Giap Chin, Tan Chun Seang and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif.

The others in the fray are V Shem-Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (men’s doubles), Vivian-Khe Wei, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (women’s doubles) and Peng Soon-Liu Ying and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles).