Choong Hann not pressing the panic button over Zii Jia’s grouses


PETALING JAYA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann has played down Lee Zii Jia’s pent-up frustrations and prefers to see the bright side of it.

On Friday, the 21-year-old took to Instagram to vent his frustration over several personal problems which is affecting his performance.

Among the issues mentioned were his struggle to cope with financial difficulties, lack of breakthroughs and “unfairness” – which he did not elaborate.

Choong Hann reckoned that Zii Jia probably made the remarks after he lost tamely to Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in the first round of the Singapore Open on Thursday.

“I believe his comment on social media is due to his uncharacteristic defeat to Jonatan,” said Choong Hann, who is in Singapore with the team.

“But I see his comment as a reassurance of his commitment to continue striving to become a better player and also a better person which I think is a positive thing.”

Choong Hann said the coaches were also aware of the situation and are doing their best to help him get back on track.

“He had issues in training and right now can’t find his way back into the game. We will assist him in every way possible way,” added Choong Hann.

Choong Hann, however, was coy when asked about Zii Jia’s financial issues.

“I have no information about this. So, it wouldn’t be fair to comment at the moment.”

Meanwhile Choong Hann, who is a former national player, does not think Zii Jia is unfairly treated.

“We have always done our best to treat every player fairly,” said the 2003 World Championships silver medallist.

“I will find out more from him next week.”

In his Instagram post, Zii Jia however has promised that he will get out of the rut within three weeks.

His next assignment is the New Zealand Open from April-30 May 3.

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