Lee Meng Yean becomes latest shuttler to quit Malaysia badminton team

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) also confirmed the decision taken by Yean, who was a part of their Sudirman Cup 2021 squad, and helped the team win a bronze medal. 

Lee Meng Yean resigns from national team (Courtesy: BWF/Twitter)

Asian Team Championships bronze medallist Lee Meng Yean became the latest Malaysian shuttler to quit the national team. Her decision came after Malaysia’s No.1 Lee Zii Jia caused a stir with his decision to quit the team. However, Yean’s decision, didn’t come as a surprise as she struggled to make an impact in the recent past since joining forces with Yap Cheng Wen. She was forced to make a fresh start after he long-time women’s doubles partner Chow Mei Kuan called time on her career after Tokyo 2020. The 27-year-old said that it was a tough decision but she will continue to play individually. 

“I have an announcement for you all which is I’ve resigned in BAM. This is a tough and unfortunate decision for me but I believe and ready for my following path. Just because I will not be training in BAM anymore doesn’t mean I will stop playing. I just play at different environment and still wakil Malaysia,” Yean announced in a statement. 

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“Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement through out my career. Special thanks to BAM, ISN, MSN, coaches and my teammates who help me a lot . Appreciate. Don’t worry guys, I won’t disappear in badminton world because I know you all still want to see Nyek Nyek and bali tenggelam keep shining on court right?”

BAM confirm Lee Meng Yean stance

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) also confirmed the decision taken by Yean, who was a part of their Sudirman Cup 2021 squad, and helped the team win a bronze medal. 

“The BAM confirms that women’s doubles player, Lee Meng Yean will not be with the national team, effective Jan 29, 2022,” said BAM in a statement posted on their social media platforms.

“Meng Yean was part of the Sudirman Cup 2021 team that won bronze in Vantaa, Finland last year and competed at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

“The BAM wishes to express its gratitude to Meng Yean for her contributions to the national team, as she leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the Association.”

The World No.1 doubles player has accumulated multiple medals across team and doubles categories.

She has one Southeast Asian Games silver medal and also has two bronze medals to her name. This is besides a number of laurels from the junior championships in her early days of the sport. 



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