Goh Jin Wei likely to defend SEA Games gold

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA

THE Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) might soon be able to count on women’s singles shuttler Goh Jin Wei (picture) to defend her SEA Games gold in Manila.

The 19-year-old, who was reported to have mysterious stomach ailment since April, might be back to her full force soon to feature at the biennial Games.

However, BAM coaching director Wong Choong Hann said the two-time junior World Champion’s return to the competitive match is still pen- ding medical clearance.

“We will know once we get the final green light pretty soon, but not at this moment. We are just getting her ready in the best manner possible,” he told reporters after deputy Chef-de-Mission Nurul Huda Abdullah’s visit to the badminton squad at the Academy Badminton Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday.

Goh is the country’s sole gold medallist in badminton at the 2017 KL SEA Games, while Malaysia has also won five silver and two bronze medals.

Meanwhile, Wong is optimistic that the national squad will be able to give a good fight in the team events, though not the favourite for the gold medal based on current rankings.

In the individual event, the former world No 1 admitted that men’s singles shuttler, Lee Zii Jia would be facing an uphill task from the likes of world No 6, Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (8) of Indonesia, as well as Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.

Malaysia is set to send 20 shuttlers for the biennial Games, as badminton will take place from Dec 1-9 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Manila.