KUALA LUMPUR: The saga involving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and two of their top players – Lee Zii Jia and Goh Jin Wei – is finally over.
In a press statement released yesterday, the BAM said they have lifted Zii Jia and Jin Wei’s two-year sanction from all international tournaments with immediate effect.
The U-turn decision came barely a week after they meted out the punishment on the duo after they chose to be independent players.
The announcement of setting their players free came after a meeting between the BAM leadership and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, which was attended by Zii Jia and Jin Wei yesterday.
Said the statement: “Both players will be eligible to register for international tournaments with immediate effect.”
The BAM said they took into consideration the appeals made by both players before reaching the decision to release them from their respective contracts with the national body according to mutually agreed terms and conditions.
“This decision was conveyed to the Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and the patron of BAM, Datin Seri Muhaini Zainal Abidin, by BAM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria today,” read the statement.
“The BAM would like to put on record their sincere appreciation to the PM and patron for their interest in the matter as well as their concerns.
“The BAM would like to thank Zii Jia and Jin Wei for their dedication and commitment to the country and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”