Kuala Lumpur: One of the most respected Malaysian women’s badminton player – Tee Jing Yi has called it quits after 12 years of service at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). Tee who played in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic reportedly tendered her resignation letter to BAM last week.
“I think it’s time for me to take a break from badminton,” said Tee to Malaysian media.
When asked about Tee’s resignation, BAM’s women’s doubles head coach Rosman Razak admitted it’s hard to see Tee leave the national body.
“We respect her decision, it’s definitely not an easy one,” said Razak.
“We would like to thank her for the contributions to the national team and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” added Razak.
Razak then advised everyone to move forward as BAM start focusing on young players.
“Of course, she’s a good player but we have to move on and start developing young players,” he said.
Tee was a women’s singles player until she switched to become women’s doubles player in early 2017. She and Soong Fie Cho went on to win three women’s doubles titles including the Malaysia International Challenge in April 2018.
In addition to Tee, the 2009 boys’ doubles world junior champion Chooi Kah Ming has also resigned from BAM. Chooi who is currently ranked World No 44 with Low Juan Shen is set to depart BAM alongside Lim Khim Wah, Nur Azriyn Ayub and Arif Latif.
In addition to the world junior title, Chooi’s best achievements were winning the 2016 Indonesia International and the 2016 Malaysia International partnering Low Juan Shen.