Malaysian national badminton mixed doubles female player Lai Jieming who is currently studying for a degree in sports science at the University of Malaysia must strike a balance between her studies and her badminton career in order to successfully complete her studies under the challenge of next year's tight schedule.
Although the badminton world will usher in a busy season next year, the Olympic points tournament will restart at the beginning of the year, followed by the World Tour Finals, Tokyo Olympics, World Championships, Sudirman Cup and Tangyu Cup, but Lai Jiemin still hopes to be graduation.
27-year-old Lai Jiemin said in an interview with The Star that he is a student in the last year, so he needs to devote more attention to his studies.
"This is my 7th year. I am trying to finish my studies. I will start doing my graduation thesis in December and then go for an internship. I hope to graduate next year. I spend longer than others because I am in sports. And I only took half of the subjects of other students each semester."
"I know that under the tight badminton schedule, next year will be a very difficult year, but I have experienced the same situation before and I know I can handle both at the same time."
Lai Jiemin and partner Wu Shunfa still have a chance to make an appearance in the Tokyo Olympics. They are ranked 11th in the Olympic standings, four places behind the free agents Chen Binglu and Wu Liuying. Therefore, the two must squeeze into the top 8 after the points match restarts. It is expected to catch the last train of the Tokyo Olympics.
While waiting for the restart of international competitions, Lai Jiemin is currently under the guidance of mixed doubles coach Paulus, working hard to strengthen the overall cooperation with Wu Shunfa.
"Shunfa and I are now in good condition and enjoy training under Borus."
However, they have experienced different hardships in the past 3 months. Lai Jiemin suffered from dengue fever and delayed returning to the team for training in June. After that, Wu Soon Huat suffered a back injury in the Malaysian Badminton Association internal match.
"We hope to use the training time to improve our style of play. Borus has added new elements to our style of play. We want to start the new season with a strong performance next year. We still have a chance, so we hope to do our best." (All sports)