KUALA LUMPUR: Back-in-the-fold shuttler Toh Ee Wei is going great guns and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann is delighted with her fortitude and spirited attitude.
Choong Hann has given the 20-year-old Ee Wei a thumbs-up on the progress she has made after rejoining the national team in July. She was handed a second chance to resurrect her career after suddenly deciding to leave the BAM in January last year.
Her resignation came as a shock at that time as she was one of the most promising stars having won the girls’ doubles silver medal with Pearly Tan Koong Le at the World Junior Championships in Canada in 2018.
The duo were also the runners-up at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships.
“She has been committed and showing good spirit in training. The team also enjoyed her presence, that’s pleasing to see, ” said Choong Hann.
“For now, she’s still lagging behind physically but to her credit, she did make it up with her unrelenting spirit.
“The training is tough, but she will try to hang in there as long as possible in every session.
“You can see that she’s pushing herself really hard to close the gap with the seniors and the rest in the team.
“We have no complaints about her, she’s doing good.”
Despite her status, Ee Wei was told she has to start from scratch and is currently on a six-month probation until December.
Choong Hann believes Ee Wei is trying her best to get herself a permanent status in the team.
“For the effort she’s putting in, it’s obvious Ee Wei is already looking beyond the probation, ” said Choong Hann. “That’s the kind of attitude we want from youngsters.”
The women’s department is in dire need of new blood with the impending retirement of the long-serving Vivian Hoo, who’s currently the partner of Yap Cheng Wen.
The others in the squad coached by Chan Chong Ming are world No. 14 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Pearly-M. Thinaah (No. 39), Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling (No. 67) and Anna Cheong.
For the time being, Ee Wei is being paired with Anna. The duo won the Malaysia Games (Sukma) gold in Ipoh two years ago.
The duo showed promise when they downed Mei Xing-Yap Ling during last month’s BAM Invitational Championships.