Jing Yi decides to leave BAM after 12 years

PETALING JAYA: Two-time Olympian shuttler Tee Jing Yi has severed ties with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after 12 years.

The 27-year-old Penangite, playing most of her career in the women’s singles before switching to doubles last year, tendered her resignation last week.

Jing Yi played in the Malaysian Open two weeks ago with Goh Yea Ching, going down fighting at 19-21, 18-21 to South Korea’s Kim Hye-rin-Kong Hee-yong of South Korea in the first round of the women’s doubles.

Jing Yi’s regular partner is Soong Fie Cho, with whom she won three titles, including the Malaysian International Challenge in April.

The world No. 32 are the second best ranked pair in the country behind No. 15 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean.

When contacted, Jing Yi confirmed that she has left the national set-up but did not reveal the reason.

The four-time national champion, however, hinted that she may embark on a career as an independent shuttler.

“All I want to do now is to take a break from badminton,” said Jing Yi, a five-time Uber Cupper.

“What happens in future, we’ll see. I intend to continue playing badminton.”

Jing Yi was not the only the player to have quit as former world junior champion Chooi Kah Ming has also followed suit.

BAM general manager Michelle Chai said Kah Ming is among four players who have decided to leave BAM.

The others are Lim Khim Wah, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Nur Mohd Azryin Ayub. The trio rejoined BAM in May on a three-month probation period but their tenure was not extended.

Kah Ming’s career never really took off since becoming the world junior champion in 2009.

Tee Jing Yi