PETALING JAYA: Goh Liu Ying won the silver medal with Chan Peng Soon in the Rio Olympics, and the pair could be back for more in the next Olympiad but Liu Ying is already looking past Tokyo.
However, it will still involve badminton.
She has set her sights on starting up a badminton academy in China as one of her many post-retirement plans.
The 30-year-old mixed doubles ace said that while she has not ruled out coaching in the future, there’s already a plan in place with former national teammate Lim Yin Loo to set up their academy in Dongguan, China.
Liu Ying and Yin Loo were women’s doubles partners between 2010 and 2013 and have forged a close friendship.
“Why China? My best friend Yin Loo has been coaching in Dongguan for almost two years now and is doing well there. So we’re talking about opening an academy there as a start, ” said Liu Ying, who’s currently the world No. 7 with Peng Soon, a position that will see them into the Tokyo Olympcs.
“This is what I wanted to do after hanging up my racquet but it’s also possible for the plans to be brought forward as I can always count on Yin Loo to run the show.
“Of course, we plan to have one in Malaysia, too.
“I really love badminton, it’s the sport that defines who I am today and I intend to stick to it for as long as I can.
“So, I wouldn’t mind venturing into coaching so I can give back to the sport.”
Liu Ying said she was also looking forward to helping his younger brother with the expansion of his IT start up, in which she holds a stake, as well as continue being a social media influencer.
Liu Ying, who already has a strong following of 396,000 people on Instagram, has an even more impressive fanbase of close to 1.17mil followers on the Chinese Weibo platform.
“I have many things I would like to do other than badminton, too. Helping out my brother with his IT business is definitely one of them, ” she said.
“I will also remain active on social media because I really enjoy engaging with the fans. Now everyone is seeing me as an athlete, so I would also like to share what my post-career life is and continue to inspire.”
Liu Ying is certainly making the most of her photogenic side and her modelling skills acquired from the Amber Chia Academy back in 2014 which landed her several endorsement deals.
Asked if she would consider giving the entertainment industry a shot, Liu Ying played down the possibility.
“I’m probably okay with doing it for fun, but I don’t think I will ever join showbiz 100%, ” said Liu Ying, who made her debut in a local Chinese film ‘Goodbye, Mr Loser’ in 2017.
She had a cameo role together with Peng Soon and men’s doubles teammate Goh V Shem.