Performance counts in BAM: Zii Jia

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Malaysia’s number one men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia said no one, including himself, is 100 per cent secure under the umbrella of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) if performance is unsatisfactory.

The 21-year-old, who is ranked world number 14, said he was aware that he must be at the top of his game in line with BAM’s Projek 24, that is the gold medal targets for the Paris Olympics in 2024, if he was to remain in the stable.

“Although some are saying I am safe, I am aware that I too may be dropped if I fall short,” he said when met at the Malaysian squad’s official training session for the Malaysian Masters 2020 at the Axiata Arena here yesterday.

Last Friday, BAM dropped seven shuttlers under its stable – Soong Joo Ven, Tan Jia Wei and Ziyad Md Tah (men’s singles), Teo Ee Yi/Ong Yew Sin (men’s doubles) and Lim Peiy Yee and Lim Chiew Sien (women’s doubles) – for not meeting their targets set for as of December last year.

File photo of Malaysia’s number one men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia. PHOTO: BERNAMA