Former All England champion Li Zi Jia has pulled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games to manage her workload with the World Championships in mind in August.
The withdrawal of world number five Malaysian would make it a bit easier for the Indian pair of Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen to clinch a gold medal in the Birmingham event as Singapore’s first badminton world champion Loh Kean Yew emerges as one of the favourites. .
Zi Jia said in a video, “It is a difficult decision as I have played many back-to-back tournaments and I feel that my body condition lacks comfort and (hence) I have to wait between Commonwealth and World Championships.” have to choose.” Posted on Twitter.
“I have already spoken to my team members and we have come to a decision to focus more on the World Championships instead.”
The Commonwealth Games are to be held in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August, while the World Championships will be held in Tokyo from 22 to 28 August.
Zi Jia will compete at the Malaysian Open from 28 June to 3 July, followed by the Malaysian Masters from 5–10 July.
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