Kuala Lumpur: The 15-year-old Goh Jin Wei, who is smally-built, but fast in movement and court coverage, has been rated as a genuine medal prospect for the 2020 Olympics, by which time she will be 20 years of age.
Jin Wei received a tremendous boosts in her young career last Friday as she was included by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) together with 7 other shuttlers into the Podium Programme.
The Podium Programme was launched by Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in February to provide a focused, tailored-made and scientifically prepared programme for a select group of athletes to give them an extra edge to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games.
Under that programme, Jin Wei would enjoy specialized coaching and training facilities that will be customized for her, as well as her food intakes, and other incentives.
In addition to Jin Wei, seven other shuttlers that were named for the programme are Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles), Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (women’s doubles), Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles), and Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (men’s doubles).
Even though Jin Wei is currently ranked No. 322 in the world, and probably ranked No. 9 among other Malaysian women’s singles shuttlers; BAM technical director Morten Frost acknowledged that they chose Jin Wei for the programmed after factoring her potential.
“We see bright future for Jin Wei, we are dedicated to providing a professional training environment for her, that’s why we have named her for the programmed even though she is not fully qualified for the program,” said Morten Frosts.
“We are looking to 2020 Olympics for Jin Wei, while working with seven other shuttlers to keep them focus and to give them proper preparation for Rio 2016,” added Frost.
Goh Jin Wei has made history by becoming the youngest shuttler to secure the 2015 Maybank Kuala Lumpur Open title in February. She also brought home women’s singles bronze for her SEA Games debut in June, and a bronze medal from the Asian Junior Championship in July.