Hooi Yee wants to make a comeback – in the mixed doubles

PETALING JAYA: Former national woman doubles player Chor Hooi Yee quit the game two years ago due to nagging injuries and her studies. 

Now, the 25-year-old shuttler wants her place back in the national team – but this time in the mixed doubles squad following the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) success in luring another former national woman doubles player Joanne Quay.  

Joanne was invited to join the mixed doubles squad under the charge of Rosman Razak last November and she has now teamed up with Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif. 

Hooi Yee and Joanne left the national squad in 2001. A year later, two other top doubles players – Ang Li Peng and Lim Pek Siah – left the national team as well.  

All four were under the charge of women's doubles coach Cheah Soon Kit. 

Hooi Yee said she would meet the BAM officials to inform them of her intention. 

“I have missed badminton so much. I can now feel the urge to come back and play. Joanne has been called back and I hope I will be given another chance by the BAM too,” said the Kedahan, who has two more years left to complete her business studies with the Help Institute. 

“My studies will not affect my full-time training. There will be high expectations and the training will be tough but I am ready to face the challenges. In fact, I am no longer bothered by injuries,” added Hooi Yee, who quit the game after her performances were hampered by a stomach muscle tear. 

Hooi Yee took part in local competitions in the last two years to keep in touch with the sport. Recently, she competed with Ng Kean Kok in the National Grand Prix Finals but did not make it to the semi-finals.  

She also competed with Kean Kok in the Australian invitational last year and they finished as the champions. 

Her best achievements with the national team were a quarter-final finish with Pek Siah in the 1997 World Championships; a silver medal at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games; and a mixed doubles gold with Chan Chong Ming at the 1999 Brunei SEA Games.