Vivian Hoo (front) and Woon Khe Wei in a file photo. They are one of three women's doubles pairs sent to Kelantan for a three-day training stint ahead of the centralised training cum team building session for the Uber Cup Finals.
KUALA LUMPUR: Is the national badminton traning centre in Bukit Kiara moving to Kelantan?
On Thursday, in an unprecendented move, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are sending all their women doubles shuttlers to Kelantan to train for three days.
The training, which begins on Thursday, is for reigning SEA Games champions Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho and Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo and it serves as part of their preparations for the Uber Cup Finals from May 18-25 in New Delhi, India.
It is learnt that BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, who is also the president of Kelantan BA, wants national coach Rosman Razak and the women shuttlers to try something new and refreshing during their training in Kelantan.
Some of the state coaches might be involved in helping the players at the KBA Hall in Kota Baru. Perhaps Tengku Mahaleel has some tricks up his sleeve to add depth to the women’s department over the three days.
The only risk of sending the players to a place that they are unfamiliar with – especially before a major event like the Uber Cup – is the risk of ahletes getting injured.
A day after their short stint in Kelantan, the women shuttlers will have to rush back and start their centralised training cum team building session on Sunday at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.
Although it will be logistically challenging for the players to go up north and sign in immediately for their team building camp, the lanky Vivian remained positive about the whole affair.
“It is something new but it could benefit the women players at the end of the day. There is no harm trying it out,” said Vivian.
“Besides, our coach Rosman will be there and he is supportive and we may learn something new which could be helpful,” she added.
This is not the first time players have travelled to Kelantan, albeit for various reasons.
In February, Tengku Mahaleel made arrangements for mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying and coach Jeremy Gan to meet a traditional medical practitioner to look into Liu Ying’s knee problems.
Last week, reigning Malaysian Open champions Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem were there with national doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang to fulfil an obligation with sponsors.
Players like Tan Boon Heong, Koo Kien Keat, Tee Jing Yi have also travelled there to discuss their future in the national team with Tengku Mahaleel.
The BAM president himself travels quite often to Kelantan for meetings.
All the expenses of the players, officials and president during their travels to and from Kelantan are borne by the national body.
Interestingly, only two Kelantan shuttlers have made it to the national team over the last decade – Mohd Roslin Hashim and Mohd Hafiz Hashim. They came through professional club Nusa Mahsuri under the guidance of Misbun Sidek.