Aaron puts injury fears to rest and awaits big wedding day

Happy family: Aaron posing with Goh Mui Kee and children after winning the world title.

PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles world champion Aaron Chia can breathe a sigh of relief after he was cleared of any serious injury that could derail his badminton career.

Aaron’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, which was done yesterday to find out the extent of injuries on his shoulder and back, has come out positive.

The 25-year-old can now focus on his long-awaited wedding day with Goh Mui Kee, which will be held on Malaysia Day and get back on his feet to prepare for the Denmark Open from Oct 18-23 in Odense with his partner Soh Wooi Yik.

“I just did my MRI today and I’m happy with the outcome. Everything is fine, there is just slight swelling. I just need time to rest my hand and back,” said Aaron.

“I had the shoulder pain during the world championships but I did not focus on it but on the matches ... but I’m glad, it’s not a big worry anymore.

“Now, I can fine tune for my preparation for my wedding ... so many things to do, never thought I will be this busy.’’

His future wife Mui Kee and his two children, Albee Chong Rui and Alyssa Chia Shin, have been his pillar of strength in his badminton career.

They were there to support him when he defied the odds to win a bronze with Wooi Yik at the Tokyo Olympic Games last year and ended Malaysia’s wait for a world title at the same venue last month.

“It’ll be a big reception on Malaysia Day. I’ve invited all in the badminton fraternity ... it’s a public holiday and it’ll be easier for everyone to attend on the special day,” said Aaron.

After the wedding, Aaron will shift his attention to the Denmark Open.

“Wooi Yik and I are aware that all eyes will be on us when we make a return to the competition as the world champions,” said Aaron.

“There will be higher expectations from everyone for sure but we just hope that we can stay focused and humble when we are on court.

“Everything will start again from zero for both of us.”

They are seeded fourth in the Denmark Open, which has attracted all the top pairs, including No. 1 seeds Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya, Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto of Indonesia; Japan’s Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi; Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen; and India’s Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.

Their main goal before the season comes to a close is to qualify for and do well in the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China, in December.

“We hope to qualify and do well in the Finals this year, but we will not put undue pressure on ourselves. We just want to end the year on a good note,” added Aaron.

Aaron-Wooi Yik, however, have to step up if they intend to make the cut for the Finals as the duo are currently lying ninth in the Road to Guangzhou ranking. The two Malaysian pairs ahead of them are Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (fifth) and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (sixth).

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