Badminton: vaccination problem almost ended Siti’s Uber Cup debut
PETALING JAYA: Rising badminton star Siti Nurshuhaini Azman soared like a phoenix when she was on the Uber Cup squad.
However, the 17-year-old fell with a thud on Monday when she was prevented from boarding the flight with her teammates to Aarhus, Denmark, for her first appearance in the Cup final.
Just 24 hours later, Nurshuhaini was hovering high again when she received the pleasant news that she was cleared to fly and finally left for Denmark last night.
Nurshuhaini first learned that she could not fly because she had not yet been fully vaccinated.
Like all young people aged 12 to 17 in the country, Nurshuhaini was not vaccinated until after the national adolescent vaccination program started on September 20.
Nurshuhaini took her first dose on September 24 and was not due to receive her second until October 15. She had in fact given up hope of making her Uber Cup debut before receiving the good news.
“I joined training the next morning, life goes on,” said Nurshuhaini.
“I wanted to move forward as quickly as possible and not think about it.
“I still have a lot to look forward to this month as I’m on my way to the Czech Open and the Belgium International later this month.
“In addition, the next Uber Cup is not too long (in Bangkok next year).
“I told myself that I would fight for my place again. “
How things have changed as Nurshuhaini will fight for the three starting places in singles with S. Kisona, Eoon Qi Xuan and K. Letshanaa.
Malaysia is in Group D with China, Denmark and Canada.
The Malaysian Badminton Association (BAM) said in a statement yesterday that it had dealt with the matter quickly to ensure Nurshuhaini made the trip.
“For the record, BAM has fulfilled all the preconditions set by the tournament organizers to ensure that Nurshuhaini will be allowed to represent the country at the biennial international tournament,” the statement said.
“The Association, however, has dealt with the matter quickly and has taken the necessary steps with the Danish government and health authorities to ensure that she will be allowed to board her scheduled flight to Aarhus later in the year. night (last night). “