Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s World No. 10 men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia, has no problem staying compliant with the coronavirus safety and health standards as long as he could get back to training.
As part of the Road To Tokyo (RTT) program, Lee was among the first group of Malaysian athletes allowed to begin their training sessions starting June 1 despite Malaysia’s Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) remaining in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 22-year-old couldn’t wait to return to the badminton court after spending more than 70 days at home due to the lockdown.
“I just can’t wait to get back on the court. I have asked BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) and coaches repeatedly when could we resume the training. And I am certainly happy and feeling positive about this,” said Lee.
“My motivation has returned a little bit compared to the time when I was just staying at home,” added Lee.
“Frankly, I’ve lost some of the feelings on court. I would need some time to get my rhythm back,” explained Lee.
Lee who defeated Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the 2019 SEA Games men’s singles final, was hoping all athletes would follow the safety guidelines issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Sports Council to ensure best health and safety for everyone.
There were a total of 33 people including eight shuttlers, one paralytic shuttler, coaches, coaches, sparring partners, staff from the sports science and the medical team was involved in the first phase of the RTT program at the Academy Badminton Malaysia on Monday.