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Youngster Kuan Beng Hong just could not go to sleep on Friday night. The 21-year-old men's singles shuttler had just been named in the squad to the Thomas Cup qualifying round from Feb 16-22 at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium and even he could not believe it had happened.
National singles chief coach Misbun Sidek, in a totally unexpected move, named youngster Kuan Beng Hong Friday for the Thomas Cup qualifying tournament #8211; over fourth-ranked Lee Tsuen Seng and Yeoh Kay Bin. All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim was ruled out.
They braved the rain at the shore, stayed up late into the night, endured strenuous activities and watched #8220;The Last Samurai#8221;. And the national singles badminton players came away fresher and inspired after the three-day mental training camp organised by the National Sports Council (NSC) and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim is back in full-time training after recovering from a wrist injury suffered in the Hong Kong Open last October #8211; and the lanky shuttler is now in the dogfight for a place in the Thomas Cup qualifiers.
National champion Lee Chong Wei's bid to win his first Open title ended miserably Friday.