TIMES are bad due to Covid-19 and BA of Malaysia (BAM) have braced themselves for the worst.
Yesterday, BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh confirmed that all shuttlers, including those who have returned from the recent All England in Birmingham, have been quarantined at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.
They will be based there for the next 14 days.
As most tournaments have been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, coaches and players will have to find ways to keep themselves fit.
The national body have also been instructed by the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Institute (NSI) to cease all training activities in the hall and gym.
“We have to re-look at our periodisation plan and wait for further notice.
“It’s difficult because most tournaments have been postponed and we will not be able to use the facilities (training hall and gym) at ABM for the next 14 days, even though our players and coaches are being quarantined there.
“We will need to look at ways to make sure the players remain fit and are in playing condition,” Kenny told Timesport.
According to Kenny, BAM are still waiting to hear more from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in regard to the Olympic qualification period that ends on April 30.
It is learnt that the world body will be addressing the issue soon, as most of the tournaments postponed are those that offer qualification points for the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled in July.
Earlier this week, BAM confirmed that the Malaysia Open, a BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament, which was scheduled on Mar 31-Apr 5, has been suspended due to the deadly virus that has killed more than 6,000 people globally.
This is after BWF announced that the Swiss Open, India Open and the Singapore Open have all been postponed for the same reason.