Two problems hampering men’s singles, says Hendrawan

  • Badminton
  • Sunday, 09 Apr 2017

KUCHING: National coach Hendra­wan has revealed the two problems plaguing the men’s singles department.

They are the players’ own lack of motivation and parental interference.

Hendrawan and fellow coach Tey Seu Bock are in charge of the special squad comprising world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin as well as back-up shuttlers Lim Chi Wing, Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Chong Yee Han.

And Hendrawan is clearly disappointed with the poor showing of the four back-up players.

“We have four back-up players, but we can’t wait forever for them to step up. They lack motivation,” said Hendrawan.

“If they do not improve, we’ll have no choice but to move up the juniors, who are doing well under Indra Wijaya.”

Hendrawan, however, is not about to give up on his shuttlers and has promised to find ways to motivate them to come good on the international stage.

He also pointed out that some parents were over-protective of their children.

Two talented players – Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Misbun Ramdan Misbun – are being coached by their fathers.

“BAM had offered Zulfadli and Ramdan places in BAM when they were younger, but they didn’t want to join. Family was their priority. It’s too late to bring them in now,” said Hendrawan.

“In Indonesia, Tommy Sugiarto is the son of former world champion Icuk but he allowed his son to train at the national centre. Sometimes, parents need to take a step back.

“We hope that parents will trust the coaches when they are sent to BAM.”

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