The Malaysia national contingent slated to compete at the upcoming BWF German Open (March 8-13) will be without men’s doubles shuttler Soh Wooi Yik and singles player Ng Tze Yong.
The withdrawal of Soh, who tested positive for COVID-19, meant his and Aaron Chia’s first-round opponents Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen would receive a walkover to the next round.
“Soh is asymptomatic and in good condition and is currently in self-isolation. His recovery process will be monitored before the coaching and medical team decides on his participation at the All-England (March 16-20),” said the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in a statement.
As for Ng, he was sidelined due to a minor injury.
National coaching director Wong Choong Hann said the shuttler would be prepared to participate at the Swiss Open (March 22-27) instead.
Ng was scheduled to take on Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in the opening round of the German Open.
The news was the latest blow to the rising star, who tested positive for COVID-19 in January and had to withdraw from the Syed Modi International.
The 21-year-old, though not at his best after observing a 10-day quarantine period, did well to secure match winning points for Malaysia at the Asia Team Championships semis and final last month.
Meanwhile, mixed doubles shuttler Shevon Lai lamented the cost of a PCR test due to the shuttler’s vaccine, believed to be Sinovac, being not recognised by Germany.
“Just because our vaccine isn’t recognised, we are required to do a PCR test every 48 hours for 80 euros (RM363). The tournament duration is six days, which comes up to about RM1,100 just for PCR test. Can’t get the logic here.
“Tournament expenses are killing the players,” she said on her social media.
BioNTechPfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax and the Oxford AstraZeneca are the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Germany.