BAM come to Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s rescue after they’re left without place to train

PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 outbreak has thrown a spanner in the works for national independent mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying’s training schedule.

The world No. 7 were left without a place to train as their regular venue in Sri Petaling will remain closed for an uncertain period of time because of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) that’s currently being enforced in the Klang Valley.

The duo will instead join the national team’s centralised training at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) today.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying have agreed to the condition set by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and that is they must be based at the ABM.

The ABM in Bukit Kiara has been placed on lockdown since Oct 9 following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Peng Soon said he and Liu Ying had been cleared to report for duty after their swab tests were negative.

“Liu Ying and I will stay and train there like everyone else, ” said Peng Soon.

“We’re grateful for the assistance from BAM. At least we don’t have to worry about having no place to train.

“In fact, training with the national team is our best and safest option. We feel that it’s still too risky to train at any of the commercial facilities out there.

“We can’t afford to waste any more time as we have tournaments coming up in January. Missing a week of training through the CMCO is already bad enough. If we stop our court training for a lengthy period, I’m afraid we will be back to square one.”

Training on a full-time basis, even if it’s meant to be temporary, would do Peng Soon-Liu Ying a whole world of good.

Prior to the latest arrangement, 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists Peng Soon-Liu Ying get to train twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) with the national team under the Road to Tokyo (RTT) programme.

Fellow Rio Olympics silver medallists Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are the other professionals in the RTT programme.

The duo, however, have declined the invitation to join the centralised training camp due to family commitments.

V Shem became a father for the first time last month while Wee Kiong welcomed his second child on Saturday.