Women’s singles player Goh Jin Wei has submitted her formal resignation to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
She is just 21.
Jin Wei, a two-time junior world champion in girls’ singles, was heralded to be Malaysia’s next big women’s singles star.
But health was not on her side. She underwent a colectomy surgery (a procedure to remove all or part of the colon) in October 2019.
Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to fully recover from the surgery.
“Since my surgery in 2019, I have always needed a lot of medication daily and the doses have been getting stronger and stronger,” Jin Wei said.
“So for the sake of health, I have decided to end my career now. There’s definitely a lot of regret but it’s still a long road ahead. I believe if I stay positive and work hard there’ll be a chance again in the future.
“I want to sincerely thank the Penang BA and BAM for providing me with the opportunity and platform. I’ve been in the national team for seven years since I was 14,” she added.
Her retirement announcement came just 2 days after she was selected for the Malaysian Uber cup squad.
For the moment, BAM wants Goh Jin Wei to play the Uber Cup as her last tournament.
BAM secretary Kenny Goh said, “Yes, she (Jin Wei) submitted her letter of resignation, but we’re putting it on hold because we want her to play in the upcoming tournament (Uber Cup).”