The Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) might haven’t any alternative however to postpone the upcoming Malaysia Open and Malaysia Masters because of the uncertainties confronted by the restrictions of the Motion Management Order (MCO).
The Malaysia Open (March 31-April 4) and Malaysia Masters (April 6-11) had been scheduled to be a part of a event bubble, much like the current Bangkok trilogy and upcoming Europe bubble consisting of the Swiss Open, German Open and All-England Championships.
However with the MCO not confirmed to conclude on February 18, the nationwide physique are working out of time to make the mandatory preparations to stage each occasions.
“There are lots of protocols and normal working procedures to check, and plenty of preparation must be executed to have the tournaments prepared by the scheduled dates. We really feel that point isn’t on our facet as there are various uncertainties.
“We hope the world physique might be open to suspending the Malaysia Open, as a substitute of cancelling the event as it’s a part of the Olympic qualifiers,” BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh informed News Straits Times.
The BAM are at the moment ready for suggestions from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) earlier than deciding on the standing of each occasions.
Final yr, the Malaysia Masters was one of many 5 occasions that managed to happen beneath the BWF calendar.
The chances are high that, if the Malaysia Open will get postponed, this yr’s Malaysia Masters could possibly be cancelled as it’s not a part of the Olympic qualifiers.
The BWF have already got a jam packed calendar and can battle to slot in any sudden modifications because it stands.
In the meantime, nationwide teaching director Wong Choong Hann is asking for nationwide primary males’s singles Lee Zii Jia to be given time to repair his recreation.
Lee dropped one rung on the world rankings to eleventh after a disappointing outing on the Bangkok Tour, which noticed him lose within the final eight of Thai 1 and the primary spherical of Thai 2.
He then misplaced all his group matches on the 2020 BWF World Tour Finals to Viktor Axelsen, Chou Tien-chen and Anthony Ginting.
Wong additionally believes males’s singles chief Hendrawan is the fitting man to steer the 22-year-old again on monitor.