Liu Ying tackles professional and personal challenges head on

Familiar place: Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon will train with the national team every Wednesdays and Saturdays.

KUALA LUMPUR: Being attractive and popular can have its downside.

It exposes one to being the target of malicious and defamatory attacks.

That’s exactly what mixed doubles ace Goh Liu Ying was put through recently after she was accused of having an affair with a married man.

The rumours, which made the rounds on social media last Sunday, turned out to be false when the man and woman issued a public apology to Liu Ying.

It was later revealed that the couple had divorced three years ago.

Liu Ying deserves credit on how she handled the issue. She lodged a police report and said she would take legal action against those who spread the rumours.

The allegations, if not dealt with calmly, could have had a serious impact on her Olympics ambition with partner Chan Peng Soon in Tokyo next year.

Liu Ying could also take comfort from the fact that she was not alone as her family, friends, fans and sponsors stood firmly behind her.

Despite the incident, it did not stop Liu Ying from showing up at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) to undergo the Covid-19 swab test on Wednesday.

Liu Ying and seven other independent shuttlers, who were invited for a joint-training by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), all tested negative.

Liu Ying and Peng Soon, who will train with the national team every Wednesdays and Saturdays, reported for their first session yesterday.

“It’s been a tough week indeed. But my conscience is clear right from the start. I did nothing wrong and there’s nothing to be afraid of.”

At least, a return to the ABM after 18 months has given Liu Ying a reason to smile.

“It’s like coming home. It felt as if I have never left this place,” said Liu Ying.

“Everything is still the same, even our favourite rest spot where I do my warm-ups and warm-downs.

“But the best has to be the atmosphere. There’s nothing that can be compared to training as a team, I really miss that a lot after leaving BAM.”

Despite being in the midst of a battle with former national teammates Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing for the right to represent the country at the Tokyo Games next year, Liu Ying insists she doesn’t see them as competitors.

“We’re all playing for the country. It doesn’t change even if we’re no longer with BAM,” added Liu Ying.

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