This decision comes after his defeat in the first round of the Indonesia Open 2023
Lee Zii Jia has stunned the badminton world and his fans with his recent decision to take a break from playing in tournaments.
The world’s number 11 made the announcement after his defeat to Lakshya Sen in the Indonesia Open 2023, as reported by Badminton World Federation (BWF).
The Malaysian shuttler faced yet another early exit from a tournament when he lost 21-17, 21-13 to the Indian shuttler who has also been struggling with his form due to a health issue.
“I think for now I will probably temporarily quit badminton. I don’t know how long I will take, but I will quit badminton for a while, until I get motivation again. I will take a break and get rest for a while.”
Lee also stated that he is uncertain about participating in the qualification for Paris 2024. He stated that he has been thinking about taking a break for some time now.
“…It’s too much for me on the court, I can’t concentrate 100 per cent. It will be good for me to take a break. The priority for me is to find my passion on court. I did well at the Sudirman Cup, but I haven’t done much different after that.”
As mentioned above, the news gave his fans a shock and they shared their opinions on the matter.
The pressure on LZJ is huge. I understand he is tired mentally and needs a break from badminton. But I really hope he comes back. He is such a fantastic player. Badminton is not the same without him. Take care, LZJ ❤️— Hanne Nielsen (@hannepiano) June 14, 2023
Good desicion jia, take a short break ,rest well ya,we will waiting you till comeback— spicy🐣 (@me_i2rkf28) June 14, 2023
We will be waiting for you Lee Zii Jia you are more capable skillful player you can think of 🔥Find back the Lee Zii Jia you wanna be Come back like a BEAST TIGER LEE — SJ28 (@sujeitra) June 14, 2023
Not long ago, the Youth and Sports Minister, Hannah Yeoh met with Lee to discuss about the Road to Gold (RTG) programme. This meeting took place in the month of April.
Yeoh was impressed with Lee during the meet as he showed his desire to become the first Malaysian shuttler to secure a gold medal in the upcoming Olympics in Paris next year, as reported by New Straits Times.
Months later, for Lee to release such a statement is truly heartbreaking and leaves many worrying about his future.