Malaysia's top singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia has quit the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), its president Norza Zakaria confirmed
According to Norza, the national number one badminton player "couldn't take the pressure" and that he wants to achieve his own dreams according to his own pace, reported Free Malaysia Today.
Meanwhile, a Bernama tweet stated that Lee has sent his resignation letter to BAM.
The news was also confirmed by Astro Arena
According to Astro Arena, Lee has officially left BAM to become a full-time professional athlete.
On Tuesday, however, the world number seven ranked shuttler had told reporters when met at the Badminton Academy Malaysia that if he is a rebel, "you won't see me in this training centre"
Last year, Lee defeated world number two player Viktor Axelsen from Denmark in the All England Open Badminton Championships final
Upon his victory, a commentator had said of Lee that "a star is born," adding that Malaysia finally has a successor to Lee Chong Wei, who retired in June 2019.
Lee is the sixth Malaysian to have clinched the All England title, four years after Lee Chong Wei's last win in 2017.
Lee, however, went down after bravely fighting against China's Chen Long in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' badminton men's singles:
Prior to this, the National Sports Council kicked off 144 national athletes, including those who have made history for the country: