SHUTTLER Ng Tze Yong (pic) suffered a scare just six days before the Asian Games badminton competition kicks off in Hangzhou.
The world No 19 was forced to miss training at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara yesterday after coming down with fever. However, it was not a major problem and he should be back in action in time for the competition.
“Tze Yong had fever and had to miss training,” confirmed men’s singles coach Datuk Tey Seu Bock.
However, he added that the player should recover quickly and return to training.
Tze Yong has been undergoing centralised training with his teammates from Tuesday.
The 23-year-old is set to make his debut in the Games and will play in both the men’s team and individual events.
The team event will be held from Sept 28-Oct 1 while the individual events will be from Oct 2-7 at the Binjiang Gymnasium.
Tze Yong has been progressing well in recent times and made a crucial breakthrough by reaching his first World Tour semi-finals this year at the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon recently.
He is scheduled to play at second singles in the team event in the Asiad and could face the likes of China’s All-England champion Li Shifeng (No 8), India’s Lakshya Sen (No 14), Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto (No 12) and Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie.
Independent player and world No 16 Lee Zii Jia is likely to take the first singles spot while Leong Jun Hao (No 40) and Cheam June Wei (No 54) will be vying to start as third singles.