KUALA LUMPUR: It looks like there's light at the end of the tunnel for the Lee Zii Jia saga.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced that they have reached a win-win settlement with the world No. 7 in regards to his two-year sanction appeal after quitting he national team prematurely to turn professional following a close to two-hour meeting held at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (BAM) on Tuesday (Jan 25).
Both BAM and Zii Jia have refused to elaborate on the meeting details, as the decision is still pending the BAM Council's approval and will only be unveiled next week.
But all signs are pointing to Zii Jia being released to play independently on various conditions.
"Today's meeting was very positive, I think we found a way moving forward for both Lee Zii Jia and BAM," said BAM deputy president II Datuk Seri Jaharbedeen Mohd Yunos.
"And the only thing left for us now is to put forward the matter to the council of BAM for official endorsement and will make a formal announcement next week.
"But rest assured that it's a very good conclusion that's acceptable for both BAM and Lee Zii Jia."
Zii Jia, who attended the meeting with his representatives including sister Zii Yii, appeared to be satisfied with the outcome of the meeting.
"I came here for an update over my appeal from Datuk Seri (Jaharbedeen) and we've got a very positive conclusion which BAM will be announcing next week," said Zii Jia.