KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi has quit the national team – less than a month before the Myanmar SEA Games.
The 22-year-old Jing Yi, who competed in last year’s London Olympic Games, submitted her resignation letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) on Friday.
It is learnt that Jing Yi no longer feels that she could contribute in the singles event. She wanted to switch to the doubles but did not get the blessing and decided to leave.
The Penangite, who joined the BAM Academy as a 13-year-old, won her third national singles title last year. Her best achievement was representing the country in two Uber Cup Finals in 2008 and 2010 and winning a team bronze at the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games.
The BAM will now have to find a replacement for the national No. 2 Jing Yi for the biennial Games. The other singles player in the Games squad is Yang Li Lian. The inexperienced Li Lian is not considered a medal contender.
Without Jing Yi and national No. 1 Sonia Cheah, who just returned to training after more than a four-month break due to an Archilles tendon rupture, Malaysia will be represented by their weakest team at the Games.
Malaysia last won a gold through Wong Mew Choo in the women’s singles at the 2003 Games in Vietnam.
Jing Yi is the third shuttler to quit the women’s singles team. Two others – Lydia Cheah and Sannatasah Saniru – left earlier this year.
The remaining players left under coach Wong Tat Meng’s care are Lim Yin Fun, Lim Chiew Sien and recently-promoted Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) shuttler Slyvia Kavita Kumares.