[UPDATED] Wong Choong Hann: Lee Zii Jia needs handle things maturely

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Hope this incident could help Lee Zii Jia come out the other side better and stronger. (photo: Bernama)
Hope this incident could help Lee Zii Jia come out the other side better and stronger. (photo: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur: The coaching director of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Wong Choong Hann told Malaysian media that he had talk to the 21-year-old Lee Zii Jia and suggested Lee should overcome frustration and move past the obstacles that are holding him back.

Malaysia’s World No. 22 men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia who took to his social media page to express his unhappiness with recent poor run at tournaments and was complaining about unfair treatment and financial difficulties.

“This is an internal issue and Zii Jia is not in debt nor is he involved in any betting scandal,” said Wong.

“However, I must say that there was a breach of conduct during a tournament, Zii Jia and several other players had been given a warning by BAM.”

“All players must behave professionally. Just like when you work for an employer, you must follow their rules and regulations.”

“Zii Jia should now put all his focus on his training and start developing himself to be a top badminton player.”

“The way Zii Jia posted his frustration on social media was kind of immature, I believe that’s a generational issue. When I was a player, there was no such thing, and I hope he learn from this.”

“He was not victimized, and should move on from this matter.”

Wong also clarified the fact that Lee Zii Jia was left out of the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) in Wuhan, China that start next week, has nothing to do with this incident.

“No, we already planned this. BAM did not penalize Zii Jia by leaving him out of the BAC. Instead, we have registered him for the New Zealand Open, which will be the first Olympic qualifying tournament.”

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