Kuala Lumpur: The Rio Olympic mixed doubles silver medalists Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying handed Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) a huge blow as BAM have confirmed on Sunday about Chan/Goh’s decisions to leave the organization.
In a statement published by BAM, it indicated that both Chan/Goh have tendered their resignation letters on November 29.
“After discussions with various stakeholders, BAM has accepted their resignation, effective 1 January 2019.”
“BAM would like to place on record our sincere thanks and appreciation to the 2016 Olympics silver medalists who were also instrumental in the development and growth of the mixed doubles event in Malaysia. BAM wish them all the best in their future undertakings.”
The BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China this week was the last appearance for the pair playing under BAM.
Meanwhile, BAM’s president Malaysia Mohamad Norza Zakaria told reporters that both Chan/Goh have voiced their intentions of leaving the organization and expressed their interest of moving professionally in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 qualification.
“Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s situation was similar to Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin’s when they decided to leave BAM. I understood what they wanted and they also knew what BAM expected of them,” said Zakaria.
“At BAM, we want players who are always hungry for success, have the determination of improving their performance,” added Zakaria.
“We respect Peng Soon and Liu Ying’s decision,” said the BAM president.
Meanwhile, when contacted by reporters, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying said it was not the right time for them to elaborate further on the decision, but will hold a press conference in the near future.
“I think this is not the right time to comment, but I would like to thank BAM for my 12 years with them which I started from nothing until I reached my current achievement,” said Chan.