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Badminton players suspended
THE Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has suspended two national shuttlers – women’s singles player Zhang Beiwen and men’s doubles specialist Hendra Wijaya – for three months.
The move took effect from May 24. It comes barely three weeks ahead of the Li-Ning Singapore Open, the most prestigious badminton tournament on the local calendar this year, in which both players were entered.
According to the SBA, world No. 31 Zhang had exhibited a poor attitude at training and tournaments and failed to comply with her coach’s instructions on a number of occasions. The 19-year-old China-born player has been suspended from training, selection trials and all tournaments. She will receive no salary for the duration of the suspension.
Hendra, 25, was punished because he was absent for three days without official approval earlier this month. He had apparently been warned by his coach for similar behaviour previously. However, the Indonesia-born shuttler, who with his brother Hendri Saputra form the Republic’s top men’s doubles pair, will still continue to train and receive half his salary.
The SBA also said that both players’ spots in the national team will be reviewed at the end of their suspensions.
The name Zhang Beiwen sounds familiar. No, not because she is a good badminton player or represent Singapore in International tournaments. I remember her because she is the foreign talent that left Singapore team and came back 2 years ago after being persuaded by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA).
Dear Singapore Badminton Association, 2 years ago, I told you guys not to disgrace Singapore. Why go beg someone to return to Singapore and play for us? Look what happen now? Her heart and loyalty is not with Singapore. She is not interested. Just let her go.
You guys just bloody don’t listen.
Stop wasting money on Foreign Sport Talent Scheme. Use those money on local sport talents.