Representing Malaysia is a privilege, not a burden.
That is the reminder despatched by Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) chief govt officer Michelle Chai to the nationwide shuttlers, who didn’t stay as much as expectations within the lately concluded Malaysian Open.
Not one of the dwelling representatives made it previous the quarter-finals.
The most effective performers from the Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) have been blended doubles pair Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei, who reached the quarter-finals earlier than bowing out to Thailand’s 2021 world champions Dechapol Puavaranukroh- Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
The reigning males’s doubles world champions Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik failed after they crashed within the second spherical to world No. 6 in China Liu Yuchen-Ou Xuanyi.
In girls’s doubles, French Open champions and world No. 6 Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah suffered a disappointing loss by the hands of the Bulgarian sisters and world No. 14 Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva within the first spherical.
That is the primary time since 2015 that Malaysia has no representatives within the semi-finals.
“We all know that Aaron-Wooi Yik and Pearly-Thinaah can do higher performances.
“So, greater than the outcomes, we have been upset that they could not carry out at the most effective stage, particularly at dwelling.
“The gamers shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the stress of representing the nation and competing within the dwelling tourney however ought to contemplate it a privilege,” stated Michelle.
Michelle additionally known as on the shuttlers to re-examine their pleasure in enjoying badminton.
“Individuals like Aaron-Wooi Yik ought to do not forget that they took up the sport due to their love for it. After they began enjoying badminton on the age of six or seven, they actually loved it.
“Now, they should rediscover this pleasure. Additionally, they need to be honored and play with pleasure as a result of they’re the primary world champions from Malaysia,” stated Michelle.
Going ahead, Michelle desires all stakeholders to work collectively to attain the goal of successful the elusive gold medal on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“All events similar to gamers, coaches, administration personnel and help workers should work collectively to win our nation’s first gold medal within the Olympics,” he stated.
Alternatively, BAM excessive efficiency director Tim Jones desires the shuttlers to stay optimistic.
“Gamers have to select the positives and go away the negatives as there’s a quick turnaround between the Malaysian and Indian Opens.
“We will evaluation what occurred when the back-to-back tournaments are over. It isn’t all unhealthy in regards to the gamers’ performances.
“Aaron-Wooi Yik held a 12-3 lead within the second spherical.
“They could not stick with it but it surely’s good they received themselves into that place within the first place. Now, they’ve to focus on how they received there, slightly than how they misplaced.
“It is about constructing their confidence, not taking it away,” Jones stated.