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Misbun Calls for More Singles Coaches

Malaysian coach Misbun Sidek has the answer to produce more top-quality singles players in the country - find more coaches.

Misbun, coach of Malaysia's world number one and Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei, said the lack of singles coaches in the country was hampering the development of future players.

Misbun is too busy taking care of Lee while his fellow elite coach Wong Tat Meng has his hands full with the country's other singles player, Wong Choong Hann.

According to an article in the local media, there is only one other qualified singles coach in the national set-up - Rashid Sidek, who is in charge of Project 2010-12. He is assisted by Teh Seu Bok.

While the top players were being looked after properly, Misbun believes the next generation of shuttlers would gain more skills and improve their game if they, also, could receive closer attention.

"As part of the preparation for the Beijing Games, I used some of the back-up players to spar with Chong Wei. I selected left-handers like Tan Chun Seang and Chong Wei Feng for the job," Misbun said in an article.

Lee has been Malaysia's main singles player by far over the past few years. He recently regained the world number one ranking after two previous stints at the summit.

He also became the first Malaysian player in 12 years to win an Olympic medal after reaching the final in Beijing, only to lose to China's Lin Dan.

Misbun said that it is not only the back-up players who benefited from extra coaching but also players like Lee.

"By sparring with them, Chong Wei was able to be mentally prepared to face left-handed shuttlers like Lee Hyun-il of South Korea," he said.

"The back-up players also learnt a lot from the sparring sessions. But I did not have time to give them special attention. These back-up players can move up the ranks quicker if they can get as much attention as Chong Wei.

"But I can only do so much. China had four coaches handling their elite players. We have helpers but it is not same like having coaches to guide the players."

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