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National Shuttlers Acclimatise To Local Conditions In Bath

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- National shuttlers are acclimatising well to local conditions after being put through their paces for five days at the University of Bath, England.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai said the training stint went on smoothly as summer in Bath was as warm as in Paris.

He said the players, who put up at the university's hostel, attended training in the morning and watched videos of match recording in the afternoon.

The BAM is satisfied with the programme initiated by the National Sports Institute (NSI) and hopes such preparation would be made in the run-up to the All England Championship and the World Badminton Championship next year, and the London Olympic Games 2012, he said when contacted on Tuesday.

This is the first time the national squad is capitalising on the Malaysian High Performance Sports Training Centre in Bath since the NSI and the government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the university in March.

Ng said the training stint at Bath was part BAM development programme for junior shuttlers who joined the stint as sparing partners and it gave them a good exposure.

Juniors Lok Chong Chieh and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif become sparing partners for national singles player Mohd Hafiz Hashim while Mak Hee Chun, Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah for national doubles pair Koo Kean Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

National women's single players Wong Mew Chew and Lydia Cheah, doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying also joined the stint.

National shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei is not joining the Bath stint as he will be heading for Paris for the World Badminton Championship from Aug 23 to 28.

Other Malaysian players who will competing in Paris but not under BAM's ambit are singles player Wong Choong Hann and doubles pairs, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen.

Among stalwarts expected at the tournament are Olimpics champion Lin Dan from China, three-time winner Taufik Hidayat and Japanese ace Kenichi Tago.

Source from BERNAMA












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