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Chong Wei's Decision To Train On His Own Not A Prima Donna Act - BAM

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Bernama) -- National shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei's decision to snub his team-mates in training at the University of Bath, London, ahead of the World Championships in Paris, was not tantamount to a 'Prima Donna' act said a BAM vice president.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) vice president Datuk Mohamed Al-Amin Abdul Majid said it was a strategic move by the world number one to face the World Championships in Paris, France.

He said Chong Wei and coach Datuk Misbun Sidek's preference to train here was not wrong because players can train anywhere, provided they can produce the desired results in Paris.

"As the world number one, Chong Wei has his own characteristics. Moreover, he has not won the title, and will naturally be hoping to make his own preparations for the quest," he told Bernama here today when asked to comment on Chong Wei and Misbun's decision to stay back instead of joining the rest at the University of Bath's High Performance Training Centre.

He said unlike team events like the Thomas Cup, the World Championships in Paris from Aug 23-28, may even feature a Malaysian against a Malaysian, because it is an individual event.

"For example, Chong Wei is expected to meet Hafiz Hashim in the second round. So, Chong Wei probably has his own reasons for not being with the others in London," he said.

Mohamed Al-Amin said it was nothing new because players in the past had also prepared on their own before any tournament.

"If my memory serves me right, Misbun had prepared on his own, Roslin Hashim is another player who had taken a similar step," he said.

He also refuted claims by some who labeled Chong Wei, the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medallist, as a 'Prima Donna' for his decision to train on his own here.

"We have to give our number one player all the confidence because Chong Wei is a dedicated and disciplined player and his action was basically in the interest of preparing for such a big tournament like the World Championships.

"He has won many titles around the world but I feel the World Championships in Paris is the one he dreams of. He also knows which tournament he must win to underline his achievements," he said.

Source from BERNAMA

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