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Koo's Absence Riles Rexy

Malaysia ended a drought that has lasted a long 18 years after they won the men's doubles title at the Indonesian Open over the weekend in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, his compatriots Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Zakry Abdul Latif emerged as genuine men's doubles stars of the future after lifting their second straight title at the Indonesian Open.

The young pair Fairuzizuan and Zakry have been overlooked for the Olympic in favour of more experienced men's doubles team in Malaysia, including Koo.

However, national doubles coach Rexy Manaiky may now be regretting that decision with the youngsters winning in Singapore and Indonesia and Koo, according to the coach, looking for excuses to miss training.

Koo and Tan Boon Heong won the All England men's singles title in 2007 but have since failed to repeat their world-beating form. Koo suffered injuries when a glass pane broke at the Bukit Jalil training centre while he was leaning against it.

However, despite three weeks off, the player asked for an extra two days to recover.

"He was supposed to report for training," said Rexy. "All the stitches had been removed but he said he needs two more days. What is he waiting for? Does he want to join training in August?" said Rexy.

"I am not expecting him to resume gruelling training immediately. It would be nice if he had come and practised on his serve and slowly get into training mode rhythm.

"It is that little extra and the ability to handle hardship that I hope to see in the players, especially those preparing for the Olympics."

However, Rexy knows that Fairuzizuan and Zakry are ready to step into the international limelight should any of the leading doubles pairs falter.

Rexy had high praise for the pair, especially Fairuzizuan, who overcame stomach cramps to help them beat the Indonesian-American pair of Candra Wijaya and Tony Gunawan in the Indonesian Open final.

"Fairuzizuan did not give up even though he was not in the best condition. He gave a determined performance and the right attitude helped him win the title," said Rexy.

"It would have been nice if they had been doing this (playing well) since the start of the Olympic qualifying period (May last year). Then Zakry was more focused on the tasks. But now, Fairuzizuan is showing the same desire to excel," said Rexy.

He said the pair are likely to replace Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah as Malaysia's number two pair after the Olympics.

Source from BERNAMA

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