Aside from Lee Zii Jia, Tokyo Olympics-bound nationwide shuttlers acquired the primary dose of their COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday as they put together for a number of extra occasions on the BWF World Tour earlier than the premiere showcase in July.
Malaysian gamers together with Aaron Chia, Soh Wooi Yik, Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Quickly, Goh Liu Ying, Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean had been amongst these inoculated with the primary dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Zii Jia didn’t present up as he was feeling unwell, and the Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) could be coordinating with the Nationwide Sports activities Council (NSC) for him to obtain his first dose subsequent week.
Males’s singles head coach Hendrawan was relieved after getting his jab.
“It’s a reduction for us, as a result of the nationwide crew are at all times travelling abroad for tournaments, and so it’s nice safety. We really feel safer as we put together in direction of the Olympics,” he stated.
Meng Yean stated the vaccination alleviated her and Chow’s fear as they put together to journey quickly: “With this vaccination, we are able to focus our efforts and a focus purely on court docket.”
Chow added she was nervous earlier than the vaccination however was proud of all the course of coordinated by the NSC, which noticed a total of 264 athletes and officials from various sports receive their jabs on the Desa Tasik Sports activities Complicated in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
The athletes together with the shuttlers would obtain their second dose in three weeks, simply earlier than they depart for the upcoming India Open (Could 11-16).
The Tremendous 500 occasion, which is among the closing three tournaments on the BWF World Tour providing qualification factors to the upcoming Olympics, is ready to be additional aggressive with the return of the Chinese language contingent.
There is no such thing as a Chen Lengthy, however the likes of Shi Yuqi, Huang Kaixiang-Liu Cheng and Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong will make an look after lacking out on worldwide motion for over a yr.
China are the one nation who’ve but to ship their shuttlers for any worldwide occasions this yr, because of border restrictions to mitigate the pandemic.