After Lee Zii Jia, Women’s doubles shuttler Lee Meng Yean is the next to quit the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to turn professional.
BAM had in a statement announced that the 27-year-old shuttler, who represented the country at the Tokyo Olympics last year, had parted ways with the national team on Saturday (29 January) and thanked her for 14 years of service.
“The BAM confirms that women’s doubles player, Lee Meng Yean will not be with the national team, effective Jan 29, 2022,”
“Meng Yean was part of the Sudirman Cup 2021 team that won bronze in Vantaa, Finland last year and competed at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.”
“The BAM wishes to express its gratitude to Meng Yean for her contributions to the national team, as she leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the Association.” BAM said.
Lee Meng Yean is the latest national team member to part ways with the association after a high-profile resignation of national no 1 shuttler Lee Zii Jia and the two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei.
However, Meng Yean’s departure did not come as much of a surprise. She has been struggling to make an impact since joining forces with Yap Cheng Wen.
Meng Yean had been forced to start afresh after her long-time partner Chow Mei Kuan retires from badminton following the Tokyo Olympics in August last year. The duo were ranked a career-best 10th in early 2021.
In a Facebook post, Meng Yean said it is a “tough and unfortunate decision” for her but she believes she is ready to follow her own path. She also assured her fans that she will continue to play despite leaving BAM.
“I will just be playing at different environments and still represent Malaysia. Thank you, everyone, for your support and encouragement throughout my career,” she said, adding that she will not just disappear.