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Lee Zii Jia Banned From International Tournaments For Two Years And Netizens Are Furious

Lee Zii Jia Banned From International Tournaments For Two Years And Netizens Are Furious

He recently decided to cut ties with BAM.

Hakim Hassan

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A few days after former national shuttler Lee Zii Jia announced that he will leave Malaysia’s Badminton Association (BAM), the governing body dropped a bombshell by imposing a two-year ban on the athlete.

According to Team Malaysia on Twitter, he will not be able to participate in any international competition starting from 2022.

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Recently, the All England winner decided to cut ties with the association after handing in his resignation letter on 11 January, The Star reported.

Netizens fuming at BAM

Malaysians who saw the news couldn’t hide their disappointment towards BAM for taking such actions on the World #7 shuttler.

Some pointed out that the association’s actions actually hurt the sport rather than help it grow.

Netizens also said that the penalty is too harsh, considering that Lee is one of the brightest current prospects in badminton to finally bring home the Olympic gold.

Meanwhile, Berjaya Group Chief Executive Officer also chimed in on the issue, saying that it’s inappropriate to affect Lee’s livelihood just because he doesn’t want to play for BAM anymore.


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