NATIONAL mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan felt very lonely during the two days when he was confined to his hospital bed.
On Wednesday night, Jeremy was discharged from hospital after it was confirmed that he had not contracted the flu (H1N1) virus. And it came as a big relief to the Malaysian camp.
Jeremy said that he was shocked when he was told that he had to be admitted to hospital.
“I had sore throat and flu. I thought it was due to my sinus problem and sought treatment from the doctor at the stadium,” he said over breakfast with the Malaysian team yesterday.
“One doctor said I should just take medicine while another told me that it was no harm if I sought treatment at a nearby hospital.
“I went and they took my temperature. It was normal but they insisted that I get admitted to make sure that I was all right. Fortunately, the test turned out to be negative.
“But I will not forget those two days in hospital. I never felt so alone and lonely in my life. But they did this for the good of the team. I became famous for the wrong reason.”
Jeremy added that it was unfortunate that he could not be with some his players for their matches but he managed to catch some of the action live on television from his hospital bed.
Three of his charges — Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Woon Khe Wei, Ong Jien Guo-Sabrina Chong, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying — crashed out in the opening round.
“Our back-up players came here without any target. We knew where they stood and I had wanted to see how they fared in their first major championships,” said Jeremy.
“They still have a long way to go. I will review their performances. I am still confident that our players have a good future in the mixed doubles.”