The top shuttler said he sought the advice of Lee Chong Wei

On January 19, 2022, news broke that Lee Zii Jia has resigned from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to turn professional. BAM's president Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria confirmed that the world no.7 tendered his resignation on January 11. BAM will hold a press conference tomorrow (January 21) at 4pm on this matter.

When contacted, Datuk Michael Tang, treasurer of BAM, said: "Zii Jia's resignation is certainly a huge loss and I can say the entire BAM family is saddened by this. He has been with us for 10 years, since he was 13. We saw Zii Jia mature into a confident and successful world class player."

In a report by Stadium Astro, the top national shuttler revealed that he chatted at length with Datuk Lee Chong Wei about this. "He has always given me all sorts of advice, in and out of the badminton court. He always shares his experiences with me, and as a legend, his advice is invaluable to me," said Zii Jia.

See also: Lee Zii Jia: 5 Things To Know About Malaysia’s New Badminton Star

 

Zii Jia added that right now, all he wants to do is focus on training and elevating his performance. "It doesn't matter if we are a national player or an independent player, we all carry the Malaysian flag. I want to continue to deliver good results for Malaysia on the international platform."

His aim is to make it into the top five. "I want what is best for me and for my career."

Zii Jia became the new darling of Malaysian badminton when he won the prestigious All-England in March last year, beating world no.1 Viktor Axelsen from Denmark. Axelsen shared his support of Zii Jia's decision on his IG story, writing: "If a player (in this case LZJ) feels it's best for him to follow another path where he is more independent as a player, then that is what he should do IMO. It's his career and his life after all."

Zii Jia became only the third Malaysian to win the All-England this century, and the first to do so since Chong Wei's victory in 2017. 

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