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Lack Of Endurance, Physical And Mental Strength Among Reasons For Failure Of Shuttlers

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) -- The physical, mental strength and endurance of Malaysian shuttlers was not on par with formidable teams like China and South Korea, lamented national team coaches.

In a post-mortem meeting with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Salleh here today, coaches pointed out that those were among reasons for the Thomas Cup squad's failure and poor performance of the Uber Cup team during the championship last week.

According to Nadzmi, Chinese players had more power and speed while the Koreans showed strong endurance that helped them to defeat China in the Uber cup final.

"It was because we did not have the endurance, and mentally our players cracked under pressure during the match against China, and could not sustain the pace of the game," Nadzmi told reporters after the meeting.

Nadzmi said the coaches also recognised that the national team's main strength was their skill but that too need to be improved further for Malaysia to stand out from the rest.

The Thomas Cup team lost 0-3 to China in the semifinals while the Uber Cup team lost 0-3 to Indonesia in the quarterfinals.

Nadzmi, who had met the players yesterday, said lack of desire to win among junior players in the national team has to be rectified fast if Malaysia wants to remain among the top playing nations.

He said the coaches agreed that most junior players needed help from the coaches in setting targets for themselves.

"It's a general issue among the junior players - 'not hungry enough' to win. They come for training with no purpose, like coming to work. So it's up to the coaches to help and motivate them," he said.

He said the coaches also suggested that senior players should be encouraged to manage themselves, to know what they want, and to be able to push themselves.

"They might be needing only 20 percent of the coaches guidance, while another 80 percent (of effort) should come from them," he said.

Apart from that, Nadzmi said reports on players blaming the media for their failure were blown out of proportion.

"In my meeting with them yesterday, I encouraged the players to point out all factors that they thought might have affected their performances and the media issue was only one of the problems raised.

"If they perceived that they were stressed by the media, then something should be done to help them manage the issue," he said, adding that professional badminton players should be able to manage pressure well, whether from the media or spectators.

Source from BERNAMA












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