Kuala Lumpur: After Lee Zii Jia decided to pull out from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to focus on the World Championships which will be held in Tokyo from Aug 22 to 28, some Malaysians were questioning his patriotism, while some supported his decision that he should have the freedom to arrange and to prioritize his own tournaments as an independent player.
When talking to Malaysian media for the first time about this matter after testing the court at Axiata Arena, Lee said he just want to focus on badminton, and did not want to involve in these disputes.
“This is the last time I would like to comment on this. These issues won’t affect me at all, in fact, that’s the main reason I left and became a professional player. I just want to focus on badminton, only badminton. I don’t want to get involved in all these issues,” said Lee.
Lee who is currently actively preparing for the Malaysia Open which will kick off on June 28, 2022, also revealed that he has recovered from his hip injury, and will try to achieve good results at home.
“I haven’t played in this stadium for 2 years, I am very happy to be back,” added Lee.
“I will work hard and hope to achieve good results. At this stage, I don’t want to think too much about my opponents, because I believe the biggest opponent is myself,” continued Lee.
The Malaysia Open has been canceled in the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And the tickets for this year’s Malaysia Open have sold out.
“I am happy and excited to see so many fans supporting the Malaysia Open.”