PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Goh Jin Wei appeared to have hit out at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) management for leaving her out of the Sudirman Cup squad.
However, that wasn’t exactly the reason which prompted the 21-year-old to announce her premature retirement due to health reasons via her YouTube channel yesterday.
It seems that the two-time world junior champion was unhappy that she has been denied the chance to make a farewell appearance in both the Sudirman Cup (mixed team) and Uber Cup (women’s team) Finals.
Jin Wei has been named in the team for the Uber Cup in Aarhus, Denmark, from Oct 9-17 but not the Sudirman Cup in Vaanta, Finland, from Sept 26-Oct 3.
Although she did not openly point the finger at any individuals, Jin Wei appeared to have vented her frustration through a story narration that resembled her own situation.
“I have a story to share here, it’s (based on) what I have dreamed last night,” said Jin Wei in the same video where she announced her retirement.
“There’s one player who’s supposed to retire after the Sudirman and Uber Cup, these two tournaments are part of her plans which were made known to the coaches.
“The coaches knew that this player would call it quits after playing in the two tournaments.
“But after learning from social media that her name was not in the team list, she was speechless because she was not informed that she didn’t get to go.
“It’s due to these two tournaments that she perseveres until today, otherwise she would not have taken a high dosage of medications to continue with her daily training.
“Whatever it is, I would like to stress that this is just what I dreamed of.”
Jin Wei also thanked the Penang BA and BAM for nurturing her as a state and national player.
“It has been seven years now since I joined the national team at the age of 14. I would also like to thank NSI (National Sports Institute) and NSC (National Sports Council) for providing us with the top facilities. My thanks to BAM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria for taking good care of me,” she said.
“I would like to apologise to those of you who have been supporting me all these years because you all could not only see me reach the top – but also end my career early.”
After winning her maiden Youth Olympics and second World Youth Championships in late-2018, Jin Wei did well in the first three months of 2019 by making it to the semi-finals of the Malaysian Masters and German Open.
The 2017 SEA Games champion was ranked a career-high No. 24 before being diagnosed with a stomach ailment that required her to undergo a colectomy procedure in mid-2019.
She was then sidelined for almost seven months before she returned in January. By then, she had already slipped out of the world top 100 in the world rankings, making her ineligible to even compete in the Olympics qualifiers.
Just when Jin Wei thought the worst was behind her, along came the Covid-19 pandemic to put a stop to any chance she had of progressing.
Jin Wei did make some headway this year with the opportunities she had. She reached the quarter-finals of the Orleans Masters in France and finished runner-up to teammate S. Kisona at the Spain International.