Stop making a fuss and just play on. This is the message from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) who have reminded their shuttlers to focus on their priorities following eyebrow-raising statements last week by several players during the Singapore Open.
It is believed that irresponsible parties, who are fanning the flames for their own agenda, are behind it.
First, it was national men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia, who took to social media to lament that his recent poor form was due to financial problems and unfairness.
Then came national mixed doubles Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, who went about complaining about not having a support team (physiotherapist and masseur) in Singapore.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing, however, reached the final before losing to Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
BAM did not deny that budget cuts from the Sports Ministry and sponsors have forced them to make several operational changes.
However, the national body did not make changes to the players’ monthly allowance and competitions plan. -New Straits Times