PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Shevon Lai Jemie is down with dengue – and it’s the turn of her mixed doubles partner Goh Soon Huat to return some old favours.
Soon Huat, who has been training at home in Melaka for more than two months, had been looking forward to training with Shevon from Monday at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara but he will now have to wait.
Shevon will be out for about two weeks.
Soon Huat, however, is not complaining. His partner, he said, had stood by him many times before.
“What is two extra weeks of waiting? Shevon waited and supported me for six months while I was recovering from my injury (hamstring), ” said Soon Huat.
“And it was not just once. She did it few times actually. I was injured a couple of times.
“Shevon did not show up during our virtual training yesterday (on Thursday).
“Later, she texted me to say that she had been admitted in hospital for dengue. Luckily, it’s not the dreaded Covid-19.”
“She was patient when I was recovering and I’ll do the same. All I want right now is for Shevon to take her time, rest well and return to training in good spirit, ” he added.
Soon Huat-Shevon last played together at the All-England in March after which all Badminton World Federation tournaments were suspended. They lost in the opening round.
The pair still have a chance to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo from July 23-Aug 8.
They are ranked 11th in the Road to Tokyo list.
The other Malaysians in the running are the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (7th) and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (13).
A country can have a maximum of two pairs if both are in the top eight when the qualifying period ends.
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