Aaron can’t wait for ABM doors to swing open

As much as he is itching to get back on court, men’s doubles shuttler Aaron Chia understands that it may take some time before he and the others can resume training at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.

It is learnt that the ABM will only open its doors in June amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aaron, who is back with his family in Melaka, admitted that he is getting bored.

“We can’t do anything but wait patiently. I know that BAM are doing the best for us, but we are so used to training that staying at home for this long feels weird.

“However, I am certain we will be able to start training soon. Players from China, Taiwan, Indonesia and even Denmark have already started training.

“It’s only a matter of time before we do too,” said Aaron.

The 23-year-old understands that BAM will have to strictly follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) for everyone including BAM staff and support service personnel like security guards and cleaners.

If need be, the national body will also have to look into food arrangements for all players when they report for training in Bukit Kiara.

“It will be strict. Outsiders will not be allowed in and we too must stay inside the compound of the academy.

“That’s how it is with players from other countries. We will have to get used to the new arrangements,” said the 2019 Sea Games gold medallist.

Aaron and partner Soh Wooi Yik, currently ranked World No 9, are likely to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The father of two, however, will miss family time with his wife and children once training resumes at ABM.

“I have grown very attached to my children. That is what I will miss most when I get back to training.

“But that is life, we can’t remain stagnant for too long. We adapt and continue moving forward,” he said.

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