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Sports Institute Assigns 12 Sports Scientists For Thomas, Uber Cup Squad

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Institute (NSI) has assigned 12 sports scientists to assist the Malaysian Thomas and Uber Cup squad clinch the two prestigious titles.

Malaysia last won the Thomas Cup in 1992.

NSI director-general Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz said the sports scientists being assigned to the national squad for overseas assignments was double the usual number as he felt the players needed extra back-up in the Thomas and Uber Cup campaign.

"For the Thomas and Uber Cup, NSI has a dedicated team comprising 12 sports scientists, including a psychologist, nutritionist and sports technician," he told Bernama here on Thursday.

Dr Ramlan said for normal tournaments like the ongoing Super Series championship, only five or six sports scientists would follow the team.

The team comprises Mohd Roesdi Ab Ghani (conditioning-single team), Behrad Honar (conditioning-double team), Chai Wen Jin (nutritionist), Norhafizah Hussin, KoKum Gayanayh Weeratunga, Jeery Gan (sports analysts), Frederick Tan (psychologist), Chen Jia Mei, Li Da Zi (masseurs) Sandra Fiedler, Fadzil Mohd Salleh (physiotherapists) and Chee Lee Ming (physiologist).

Overall, the NSI preparation for the Thomas and Uber Cup events will be held at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil from May 9 to 16.

Dr Ramlan said NSI had prepared a dedicated team comprising medical doctors and physiotherapist, adding that beside the medical experts led by Dr Victor Faisal, NSI had also put two ambulance outfits on stand-by at the stadium.

"Normally, medical teams for tournaments are handled by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). While NSI is responsible for the Malaysian team, it will offer its expertise, if needed, by the world badminton body.

Dr Ramlan said NSI would also assist BWF in the anti-doping test for the players.


Source from BERNAMA












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