Academy Badminton Malaysia forced to shut down for the next few days

The training hall at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM).

PETALING JAYA: It’s another sobering reminder that we can’t let our guard down against Covid-19 even as more sporting activities are coming back to life.

Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara has been forced to shut down for the next few days following six positive Covid-19 cases involving their shuttlers at the premises.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), in a statement posted on their Facebook page, said all the shuttlers are asymptomatic and currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with the Health Ministry (KKM) and Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) and National Sports Council’s (NSC) protocol on quarantine.

“Upon consultation with the KKM, NSC and the National Sports Institute (NSI), a total of 91 athletes, coaches and officials stationed in Bukit Kiara were immediately tested.

“The tests have come back negative.

“The ABM has since undergone a detailed and thorough sanitisation process on Friday.

“A quarantine-based training is set to be re-introduced at the national badminton centre of excellence while school activities will be conducted online over the next few days.

“The health, safety and well-being of everyone in ABM remain our utmost priority.

“Everyone at the association wishes the six athletes a speedy recovery, ” said the statement.

The BAM had notified the parents in a circular of the Covid-19 outbreak in their premises on Friday.

The parents were assured that the BAM were taking the necessary steps and precaution to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff, and coaches, ” said the circular.

The senior and back-up shuttlers have participated in several tournaments in Europe over the last few weeks, including the prestigious All-England where Lee Zii Jia beat world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan and world No. 2 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark en route to winning the men’s singles title.

The NSC in Bukit Jalil itself was not spared either as several national athletes and employees tested positive for Covid-19 in January.

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