Coach: Jin Wei has time to make it to Paris Olympics

PETALING JAYA: Time is on Goh Jin Wei’s side.

Coach Nova Armada believes the independent shuttler has a genuine chance of playing in all the upcoming major tournaments next year and also the 2024 Paris Olympics.

His confidence stems from the fact that the 22-year-old Jin Wei reached her first World Tour final at the Vietnam Open before going down to homester Nguyen Thuy Linh in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.

Her defeat showed she still lacked the fitness to last the pace but that’s an area that Jin Wei can work on as she is on a comeback trail after a colectomy surgery in 2019.

“Jin Wei needs to keep up with this progress and always remember time is still on her side,” said Nova.

“She is still young and there are so many years of quality badminton left in her. She just needs to understand her body, train and compete accordingly.

“Next year, there are Asian and SEA Games and also other big events. She should also be able to play at the Malaysian Open and she can aim to do well in the tournament also.

“We need to plan her competition schedule well so that she gets good rest and can produce better results and give herself a good chance of qualifying for the Olympics.”

Nova said her latest comeback is being managed carefully and ones she breaks into the top 32 in the world ranking, her competition schedule would not be hectic next year.

“The long-term goal for her is the 2024 Paris Olympics and looking at her current progress, Jin Wei will have a good shot at that provided she also manages her health and fitness well,” said Nova.

“Jin Wei has been producing quality results since she came back in April and she is in no rush. She has more than 18 months before the Olympic qualifying period ends in 2024 (in April). She can pick and choose her tournaments next year.

“The main aim is to maintain her physical condition and avoid injury and illness. We need to be very careful on that. That is the biggest challenge.

In a bid to break into the top 32, the 2017 KL SEA Games champion has a few tournaments lined up and it will start with the Indonesian International Challenge (Oct 11-16), Indonesian Masters (Oct 18-23) in Malang, Hylo Open (Nov 1-6) and Australian Open (Nov 15-20).

Her task of making the top 32 could be achieved faster as Jin Wei has moved up six spots from 50th position to 44th position following her final appearance at the Vietnam Open.

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