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Tuesday June 25, 2013

Chong Wei puts on ‘weight’ and it suits him fine

Winning combination: Lee Chong Wei wearing the high-tech performance suit with the inventor Joseph Dolcetti yesterday. Winning combination: Lee Chong Wei wearing the high-tech performance suit with the inventor Joseph Dolcetti yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is putting on “weight” in his bid for glory at the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.

The 30-year-old has been wearing a new and funky high-tech performance suit in training since last week. Named Lila, it is a locally-made brand and created by Joseph Dolcetti, a former head of the conditioning department at the National Sports Institute (NSI).

Weights are attached to the suit, which uses the Exogen technology (High Performance Exoskeletons), and the wearer can load up to 10% of his body weight.

“Age is catching up. So, I am game to try out anything new in sports science to give me power and speed to keep up with the youngsters. Why not embrace it if it helps. I have tried Lila and I am comfortable with it,” said Chong Wei, the first Malaysian athlete to adopt the new weight training programme.

He wore the suit yesterday during his on court training under the watchful eyes of coach Tey Seu Bock, Dolcetti and Sean Sturgess, the NSI’s physical trainer.

“I really feel like an ironman,” he said, flashing a smile.

“This is a different form of weight training compared to the ones we do. The shirt is comfortable and not bulky. I am able to attach different amount of weights at different parts of my body.

“When I remove it, I feel very light. Ultimately, I hope I will be able to increase my speed and movement on court,” said Chong Wei.

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