National men’s singles shuttler, Ng Tze Yong, recently met with Youth & Sports Minister, Hannah Yeoh, who promised to aid his rehabilitation programme to full fitness and back into competitive action.

Ng has only played one full match this year, since injuring his back at the Malaysia Open first round match against Koki Watanabe.

Since then, he has had to undergo two separate surgeries to repair his spinal disc, and as a result his ambitions of making his Olympics debut evaporated into thin air.

Yeoh took the time to meet Ng and give the shuttler some much needed encouragement.

“For Tze Yong, the Ministry of Youth & Sports through the National Sports Institute will continue to work on providing medical intervention and a rehabilitation plan so he can get back to improving his world ranking. Don’t give up Tze Yong!

“I sat with him for lunch to listen to his concerns, disappointment and his recovery process. He shared with me his most memorable matches and just how much he enjoys playing badminton. I will never forget his victory against Viktor Axelsen at the All England Open 2023. He was calm and collected,” said Yeoh.

The Johor-born is still ranked in the top 20 at 18, and could possibly see action after the Paris Olympics from September onwards.