Malaysia’s national badminton player, Kisona Selvaduray has burst into tears during an interview with the media recently when she was being asked about the ‘K’ slur used against her on social media by a Kelantan politician following the Sudirman Cup semi-final.
She also admitted that the racist comment had affected her psychologically, as well as her performance.
Nonetheless, the 23 year-old national shuttler is determined to put that incident behind her and focus on the upcoming Uber Cup opening match against hosts Denmark, as she will take on the role of first singles for Malaysia.
“Obviously (it affected me) because, in the end, I am human too…”
“Somehow, I need to shift my focus to my coming match. So, I’ll leave it to my family, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and the relevant authorities to resolve the issue.” Kisona said.
However, she burst into tears when being asked the same issue by another media moments later, as reported by Bernama.
Meanwhile, Kisona, who is ranked 53rd in the world ranking, is likely to face the world ranking 12th Mia Blichfeldt. She said that she and her teammates are ready to fight till the end, despite having to face tough opponents.
“This will be my second Uber Cup campaign after the 2018 Bangkok edition, so far I am comfortable with the venue and the weather (despite it dipping below 10ºC at times).”
“Of course, I want to play better than I did at the Sudirman Cup and I don’t want to play down my chances although my opponent is better. I feel that our Uber Cup squad have its own strengths, we just lack experience. We will give it our best and fight for victory. We are not here to lose.” she said.
The racist remark was made by a Kelantan politician, Borhanuddin Che Rahim as he comments on her defeat to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi during the Malaysia-Japan Sudirman Cup semi-final clash on Friday (1 October).
Borhan had allegedly questioned the BAM for selecting Kisona as our national shuttler while using the ‘K’ slur to describe her.
The incident went viral on social media with many called him out for making the insensitive remark. Following the public backlash, Borhan had took down his post and that he did not intend to insult the Indian community with the racial slur.
Borhan had resigned from Bersatu following the controversy too.