Not Goh-ing to Denmark

Tough decision: The Danish stints would have been Chan Peng Soon (left) and Goh Liu Ying’s first two international tournaments in seven months and a good chance to make some big money.

PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles star Goh Liu Ying would have jumped at the chance to compete in any major international badminton tournament because she loves the game that much.

But, for once, she’s making an exception.

Liu Ying and her partner Chan Peng Soon, who are ranked seventh in the world, have decided to forgo the Danisa Denmark Open 1 from Oct 13-18 and Denmark Open 2 from Oct 20-25.

Both these legs in Europe will be held in Odense and offer the same whopping prize money worth US$750,000 (RM3.12mil).

The two legs in Denmark and another two in Asia in November are the only Open tournaments left in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar for the year after the world body scrapped the others due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

BWF had to cut down the number of tournaments to limit the players’ movements and ensure better safety measures.

For Liu Ying-Peng Soon, the Danish stints would have been their first two international tournaments in seven months and a good chance to make some big money but the duo are not prepared to take the risk.

“I’m missing the game so much and yes, I would have been the first one to sign up for the Opens but the situation is different now, ” said Liu Ying.

“Peng Soon and I are still not convinced that travel is safe for us right now. There are risks and we’re playing it safe although we really want to play the game.

“Peng Soon has four children and naturally, he is rather concerned. And there are 14-day quarantine period that we’ve to observe when we return home, it’s quite complicated, ” she said.

Liu Ying, however, is keeping her options open to play in the Asia legs.

BWF have yet to name the host for the two Opens in Asia but Indonesia have indicated their interest although Thailand are likely to be selected.

“Any place in Asia will be closer, so we are looking at making a return in November, ” said Liu Ying. “In the absence of competitions, we are keeping ourselves busy with training and also focusing on our businesses.”

Liu Ying-Peng Soon last played at the All-England in March but they crashed out 16-21,11-21 to Indonesia’s Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas Mentari in the opening round.

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