PETALING JAYA: For independent shuttler Liew Daren, rejoining the national team training offers him more than just an opportunity to fight for a place in the Thomas Cup Finals squad.
It also gives the 32-year-old the chance to gain as much knowledge as possible from coaches Hendrawan and Datuk Tey Seu Bock.
Daren is one of the eight professional shuttlers who began their joint-training sessions at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) yesterday. The others are Soong Joo Ven and doubles pairs Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.
Except for Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who received the call-up as part of their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics next year, the rest were invited to prepare for the Thomas Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark, from Oct 3-11.
Daren is no stranger to Hendrawan and Seu Bock’s coaching methods, having trained under them for five years before he quit the national team in 2014.
He is hoping to tap the knowledge from both coaches, who are best known for helping Lee Chong Wei stay at the top of his game in his 30s.
“The training arrangement is just for a couple of months but I’m so looking forward for the full-time stint here, ” said Daren.
“With quality sparring sessions, my overall game can only get better. I hope to make the most of the time under the experienced Hendrawan and Seu Bock.
“They had guided Chong Wei in the latter stage of his career and I look forward for some good advice from them for me too.”
Of the two coaches, Daren has some of his career’s fondest memories with Seu Bock.
“Coach Seu Bock is an understanding and approachable coach. He is also quick in identifying weaknesses and strong points in players.”
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