BAM coaching director Choong Hann tests positive for Covid-19, national team will still go for Bangkok tourneys as rest test negative

PETALING JAYA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann will be staying home for treatment after testing positive for Covid-19 – a day before the national team depart for Bangkok for the Asian leg of the World Tour.

However, other players and coaches bound for the three-tournament bubble from Jan 12 to 31 have been cleared to travel after their swab tests taken Saturday (Jan 2) returned negative.

The players are men's singles Lee Zii Jia and Liew Daren, Soniia Cheah (women's singles); Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (men's doubles); Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen and M. Thinaah-Pearly Tan (women's doubles); Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (mixed doubles).

They will be accompanied by their coaches – Hendrawan (men's singles), Flandi Limpele (men's doubles), Indra Wijaya (women's singles), Chan Chong Ming (women's doubles) and Paulus Firman (mixed doubles).

Also joining the entourage are sparring partners Ng Tze Yong and S. Kisona. BAM in a statement Sunday (Jan 3) confirmed that the team will depart as planned.

"Upon consultation with the relevant government agencies, the Malaysian badminton team have been cleared to depart for Bangkok," it said.

"Upon arrival, the entourage will observe a period of quarantine until Jan 11 as per tournament requirements.

"For the record, the players, coaches and officials will undergo approximately five to seven swab tests.

"Everyone at the association wishes Choong Hann a speedy recovery," it said.

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