Thu, Jan 31, 2008
Li Li quits

SINGAPORE'S top woman shuttler, Li Li, has thrown in the towel for good.

A Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) official yesterday confirmed with The Straits Times that the 24-year-old player tendered her resignation from the national team 'late last week'.

Personal reasons were given for her resignation, and the SBA and has accepted it.

Li Li returned to her native Wuhan in China's Hubei province to spend Chinese New Year with her parents yesterday. The Straits Times was unable to reach her for comment.

Li Li, the world No 27, was on course to qualify for one of the 38 berths at August's Beijing Games.

She was part of Project 0812, the Singapore National Olympic Council initiative launched last January with the goal of clinching the Republic an Olympic medal at the 2008 or 2012 Games.

The project is armed with a war chest of about $7 million and comprises athletes from sailing, table tennis, shooting and badminton, including Ronald Susilo and Li Yujia.

According to The Straits Times, the SBA official said: 'When the player really feels tired and needs a break, continuing is not something you can force her to do. We wish her good luck and we hope she has a good break.'

For the full story, read today's edition of The Straits Times.

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