Singapore: Singapore’s top female badminton player 23-year old Gu Juan has quit the Singapore national team. According to a statement from the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), the world No. 22 Gu Juan submitted her resignation on April 30, she expressed a “desire to look after her aging parents and nagging injuries”.
She will not be representing Singapore in the upcoming Uber Cup finals in New Delhi from May 18 to 25.
Gu, who was born in Jiangsu, China, first came to Singapore in 2003 under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme (FSTS). She became a Singapore citizen in June 2007.
According to SBA, Gu felt the current coaching system was “unable to bring her to the next level”.
It is unclear if her latest departure is a permanent one and whether she will return to Singapore. It is also unclear what will happen to her citizenship.
Gu’s resignation will not help Singapore’s chances in the Uber Cup, where they face a difficult draw having been pooled with 2010 champions South Korea and regional powerhouse Indonesia, with Australia rounding up the group. Singapore’s Uber Cup squad will comprise Chen Jia Yuan, Liang Xiao Yu, Vanessa Neo, Fu Mingtian, Yao Lei, Shinta Mulia Sari and Tan Wei Han.
The men’s Thomas Cup team will be led by top local male shuttler Derek Wong and includes Huang Chao, Terry Hee, Chayut Triyachat, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Sean Lee.
This is the first time Singapore has qualified for the Thomas and Uber Cups in the same year.