KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton will have to take a back seat for top back-up men singles shuttler Goh Soon Huat for a while.
On Thursday, the 19-year-old Soon Huat fainted while trailing against Reksy Aureza Megananda of Indonesia 18-21, 9-15 in the second round of the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold at Yogyakarta.
The reigning Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold runner-up was rushed to the hospital and on Friday, he returned home for further treatment.
He is suffering from an illness and is expected to go for an operation as soon as possible. Due to his unstable condition, he has been withdrawn from the Kuala Lumpur Open from Oct 2-6.
In fact, Hendrawan wants Soon Huat to take a long break and recover from his illness before he makes a comeback.
“I have not trained him for the last 10 days due to the changes in BAM’s (Badminton Association of Malaysia) coaching set-up. I was not sure of his condition before he left for the Indonesian Open GP Gold. He did not complain of anything,” said Hendrawan.