Wong: We’ve done everything to persuade shuttler to stay


PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have made every effort to convince two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei (pic) to stay after the latter first shocked the national team by tendering her resignation letter on Aug 2 but it proved futile, says coaching director Wong Choong Hann.

This included offering the 21-year-old a switch to the mixed doubles event, which is less intense than the singles, in order to rejuvenate her playing career.

Jin Wei has been struggling to regain her form since she was diagnosed with a stomach ailment in mid-2019.

Although she underwent a colectomy surgery to remove part of her colon, she was finding it tough to cope with the high intensity of training.

Jin Wei is also dependent on medications to keep up with her daily routines, but it eventually took its toll on her and it led to her resignation on Aug 2.

“We have done everything we could to persuade her to stay. The process has been going on since Aug 2,” explained Choong Hann.

“We appreciate her contribution to the national team and we feel that she still has the potential. So we treated her the best we could.

“Since her letter we had rounds of talks with her over the past one month, including a meeting with president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria on Aug 16).

“After being told that it was purely due to health reasons, Tan Sri had offered to send her for treatment abroad, similar to the what (former national mixed doubles ace) Goh Liu Ying used to enjoy few years back (for her shoulder injury in 2017).

Jin Wei made a request to play in the Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup as it was suppose to be her swansong.

Jin Wei eventually made the Uber Cup squad in Aarhus, Denmark in Oct 9-17 but not the Sudirman Cup in Vaanta, Finland from Sept 26-Oct 3.

Jin Wei was believed to be upset with the decision, leading her to announce her retirement on her own yesterday.

“It was a collective decision from the coaching and training committee (CNT) based on her training performance evaluation.

“She’s not ready. I think we’ve been fair to her by selecting her for the Uber Cup,” said Choong Hann.

“We’re happy that she was willing to commit to the Sudirman and Uber Cup.

“We thought this could motivate her to stay on if she perform well. But of course, we did not promise her that she’s an automatic inclusion.”

Choong Hann said BAM have accepted her resignation yesterday and wished her the best in the future.

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