Former All-England champion Li Zhijia has withdrawn from the upcoming Commonwealth Games to handle his workload ahead of the World Championships in August.
The withdrawal of world number five Malaysia will make it easier for the Indian duo of Kadambi Sri Kant and Lakshya Sen to win a gold medal at the Birmingham event, with Singapore’s first badminton world champion Iron Ken Yu as one of the favorites. Will emerge
Xia Jia said in a video, “It’s a difficult decision to make because I’ve played a lot of back-to-back tournaments and I think my body lacks rest and (therefore) I’m in the Commonwealth and World Championships. You have to choose between, “Xia said in a video. Posted on Twitter.
“I’ve already talked to my teammates and we’ve decided to focus more on the World Championships instead.”
The Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, while the World Championships will be held in Tokyo from August 22 to 28.
Xia Jia will compete in the Malaysian Open from June 28 to July 3, followed by the Malaysian Masters from July 5 to 10.
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