PETALING JAYA: Promising doubles shuttler Toh Ee Wei, who stopped the national team in January last year, is set to go back to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) fold.
However, the 19- year-old, who won the ladies’ doubles silver medal with Pearly Tan Koong Le at the World Junior Championships in Canada in 2018, will need to wait up until the complete resumption of the national group’s training, expected to be in July.
Ee Wei had actually earlier accepted the BAM’s invitation to rejoin them in March but the return had to be deferred due to the motion control order (MCO).
Ee Wei’s comeback will be a boost for the females’s doubles department as it currently includes just 4 pairs.
They are world No. 14 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen (No. 25), Pearly-M. Thinaah (No. 39) and Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling (No. 67).
The fifth set have been paralyzed as Anna Cheong lacks a partner after Lim Chiew Sien left the nationwide group in March.
BAM coaching director Wong Choong Hann validated the recruitment of Ee Wei.
” Due to the MCO, she will just join us when training is back in full swing,” stated Choong Hann.
” We provided her the chance to rejoin us due to the fact that we can see she still has it in her.
” She’s a terrific young talent and will be a great addition to the females’s doubles squad.
” Of course, she will have to begin all over once again. We will put her on a three-month probation and she has to show her worth. There will be no unique benefit.”
Ee Wei enjoyed a remarkable junior profession with Pearly since they were paired in 2016 and they had been earmarked to be the potential nationwide No. 1 women’s set in future.
Apart from the World Juniors’ silver, they were also the runners-up at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships.
However, Ee Wei dropped a bombshell when she stopped the national group after suffering from a chronic sinus issue.
She recovered and was provided to rejoin the BAM on May 7 last year, but did not show up because she was “not ready”.
While the BAM allowed her to postpone her return, they shot down her demand to play in numerous satellite tournaments.
An independent player can only play in Badminton World Federation (BWF)- approved competitions with the BAM’s recommendation.