PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Goh Jin Wei’s sleepless nights are over.
The 22-year-old Jin Wei can now resume her pursuit to be an independent player under KLRC just like Lee Zii Jia after a fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria.
The meeting was also attended by KLRC team manager Sairol Amar Ayob and Zii Jia.
“I’m glad that this issue is over. I’ve had trouble sleeping since I was told that I could not play. It was a difficult time,” said Jin Wei.
Jin Wei had resigned from the national team in September last year without any problems but she was caught in a crossfire when Lee Zii Jia’s decision to turn pro did not go down well with the national body. She left after taking two years to recover from a stomach ailment.
Instead of giving their blessings, the national body meted out a two-year sanction from all international tournaments for Jin Wei and Zii Jia.
The BAM met up with Zii Jia privately first before making a U-turn on their decision after the latter sent an appeal letter but the national body did not go through the same procedure with Jin Wei, as she had to wait longer before they finally decided on the same solution – by setting her free to play as an independent player.
Jin Wei was grateful that everyone had played their part, especially the Prime Minister, and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu to resolve the matter.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Prime Minister and our Sports Minister for taking time off from their busy schedule to meet and assist me in resolving the issue with BAM,” said Jin Wei.
“I thank the national body too for their understanding and accepting my situation and in reaching an amicable solution to the issue and giving me the blessings to continue my badminton career as a professional player.”
Although she was moving on as a pro, Penangite Jin Wei, who showed her great potential en route to winning the world junior title twice, said she would not forget her roots.
“I will be forever grateful and thankful to BAM for all the support and nurturing since the first day I joined the national team,” said the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games champion.
Jin Wei promised to give her best to pursue her dream to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
“I will continue to do my best to promote Malaysian badminton at the international level alongside all national shuttlers. We’ll fight together as Malaysians!
“I will be ready for Malaysia if they call me up for any national duty, for sure.”
Sairol was also happy that the matter had been resolved and looked forward to planning Jin Wei’s programme ahead of the Paris Olympics.
“We have to take it slow with Jin Wei as her health is still the main priority. We will evaluate her fitness and performances and when she is ready, we will send her out for tournaments,” said Sairol.