Fun time for the juniors, more work for the seniors

KUALA LUMPUR: The national doubles players will go to Port Dickson while the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) badminton players will frolic at the Sunway Lagoon Resort after their 10 days of hard work in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Elite Challenge. 

The BAM Elite Challenge ends today with the team competition at the Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara. 

The 60 BJSS students will have fun at the water park for a day tomorrow. 

BAM co-ordinator Hau Kim Tho said: “The past few weeks have been exhausting for the children and we want them to have fun. Prior to the Elite Challenge, they were also involved in the MSSM (national schools championships).”  

However, for the national players, it will not be all fun. 

National doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock said the doubles players would undergo beach training from June 15-19 at the Glory Beach Resort. 

“The men's doubles players will leave this Sunday. For the last one month, the players have focused on skill work and on-court training. We just want to break away from that,” said Kim Hock. 

“Now, we want to focus on their physical and mental conditions. There will be six sessions during our stay in Port Dickson. We will work together with the trainers from the National Sports Council (NSC) to prepare our four-day programme. 

“I find that beach training is good for our players. It will strengthen their limbs. The training outside of Kuala Lumpur will also be good for the players morale.” 

The beach training is also expected to get top players Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in a better frame of mind and condition for the World Championships from July 28-Aug 3 in Birmingham. 

The other doubles players for the Port Dickson trip are Chang Kim Wai-Hong Chieng Hun, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Lin Woon Fui, Koo Kien Keat-Gan Teik Chai, Mohd Zakry Latif-Jack Koh, Ong Soon Hock-Tan Bin Shen, Ong Soon Chiang-Lok Chong Hong and probationers Chin Chi Weng-Mohd Razif Latif. 

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