KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Yong Hock Kin has been given the green light to train with the national team in his preparation for the All-England and Swiss Open.
Coach Misbun Sidek said that he treated Hock Kin as special case, whose presence would benefit the juniors in the national training squad.
The former national player was a semi-finalist in the China Open in Guangzhou last month, bowing out to China's Chen Hong.
“He has written a letter to the BAM asking for permission to train with the national players in his preparation for the All-England (Feb 12-16) and Swiss Open (Feb 19-23),” said Misbun.
“There is nothing to lose by having a good player like him to spar with the national players. He proved that he still has the zeal and talent by reaching the semi-finals in the China Open.
“There is still fire in him to do well even though he is not funded by the BAM. This is the kind of player we need to have. I have decided to give him the chance to train with us for the two tournament in Europe.”
Misbun made it clear by including Hock Kin in training did not mean that he would entertain all requests made by others.
“Not everyone will be allowed to join national training. Definitely not a lower ranked player or one who has not won a title,” he said.
“Having a high profile player will only improve the standard of the youngsters in the team.
“I don't think any of the youngsters can beat Hock Kin at the moment.”