Ewe Hock apologises but Misbun will keep tabs on him in training

PETALING JAYA: Veteran singles shuttler Ong Ewe Hock showed up for training Wednesday and apologised to coach Misbun Sidek for his three-day absence. 

And the national singles chief coach made it clear to the 30-year-old Ewe Hock that he would have to toe the line if he wanted to continue with his playing career under the Badminton Association of Malaysia's (BAM) banner. 

Misbun, who had on Wednesday said he would not be bothered with players who showed no interest in training, added that he would treat Ewe Hock's case on a day-to-day basis, just like the rest of his charges. 

"Yes, he came for training this morning and explained to me why he could not attend training for the previous three days. I accept his apology but I will not forget that he did not show up for training and I will put it in my report (to BAM)," said Misbun. 

"A badminton players duty is to train and compete. If he has an outside problem which does not affect his ability to train, he should not bring it to the court." 

"Anyway tomorrow is a new day and we shall see if he comes for training or not. This applies to all players and not just Ewe Hock. My job is to train and assess every player and all of them have to follow instructions." 

Misbun added that Ewe Hock went through about two hours of light training Wednesday and left early to seek treatment at the National Sports Institute (NSI) for injuries left heel. 

Ewe Hock went missing from training on Monday. He was to face the BAM's disciplinary hearing to answer for his outburst in the media against the BAM secretary, Zolkples Embong, who had in news reports in November asked the player to quit the game and turn to coaching. 

But Ewe Hock did not show up for the hearing, either. He did not inform Misbun that he was skipping training. Instead, he sent messages to assistant coaches Teh Sue Bok and Rashid Sidek. 

Misbun reiterated that there must be mutual understanding between the players and the coaches, especially on who is in charge. 

"I am the head coach and the players should come to me if they have problems. I am responsible for all the players under my charge. I have already set down the rules from the start and it is for the players to abide by them," said Misbun. 

"My aim in coaching the national side is to produce results. I only want players who can show progress in their performance...players with dedication, commitment and a sense of duty." 

Meanwhile, Ewe Hock, who has been suspended indefinitely from all competitions, said he still wanted to play for the country.  

"I have apologised to Misbun and he accepted it. I meant not to disrespect to him by not telling him personally that I was unable to attend training. I did not have his phone number and I sent the messages to Sue Bok and Rashid," said Ewe Hock. 

"I am carrying a slight injury but I will still come for training. If I really cannot make it, I will inform Misbun about it." 

The BAM council are expected to announce Ewe Hock's fate on the disciplinary case at the end of the month.  

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