Malaysia won’t depend only on usual suspects for Thomas Cup

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will be spearheaded by Lee Zii Jia and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik in the Thomas Cup Finals in Odense, Denmark, from Oct 9-17 - but depending only on them is not enough.

National coaching director Wong Choong Hann is aware of the predicament but has promised to put extra efforts into inspiring the others in the team, especially the younger players.

“The Thomas Cup is our next main tournament but I’ve to admit that we lack the depth,” said Choong Hann.

“We hope others in the team will be inspired by Zii Jia and Aaron-Wooi Yik. They have shown progress in a short time.”

Aaron-Wooi Yik upstaged two top Indonesian pairs - Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya and Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan en route to winning a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo while Zii Jia made heads turn with his All-England victory in March.

The Thomas Cup Finals is not the only event Choong Hann has to worry about, as there are several others lined up in the next five months. Before the Thomas Cup Finals, the team will take part in the Sudirman Cup in Vantaa, Finland (Sept 26-Oct 3).

Then, it will be followed by the Denmark Open (Oct 19-24); French Open (Oct 26-31); SaarLorLux Open in Germany (Nov 2-7); Indonesian Masters (Nov 16-21), Indonesian Open (Nov 23-28) and World Tour Finals (Dec 1-5) – all in Bali; and finally the World Championships in Huelva, Spain (Dec 12-19).

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