KUALA LUMPUR: The national badminton coaches will have to go into the Asian Games with deeper knowledge on main rivals of their respective players.
Yesterday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) high performance manager, Datuk James Selvaraj, encouraged all the coaches, including Misbun Sidek and Rexy Mainaky, to be analytical to help their players achieve greater success in major events.
The spotlight is on Misbun and Rexy as far as Asiad is concerned because the world No. 1s under their charge, Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, are the heavy bets to win medals for Malaysia in Guangzhou.
In fact, the same players will be counted on to end Malaysia’s gold medal drought in the Olympics in London in 2012.
In the Asiad, the main rivals for Chong Wei and Kien Keat-Boon Heong are Chinese shuttlers Lin Dan and Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng respectively.
“The coaches should constantly analyse the success and failure of their players and keep those data as future references,” said James.
“For instance, Chong Wei defeated Lin Dan at the Japan Open and his coach must know what made his player achieve it. He then, should build on this strength.
“Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost to Cai Yun-Haifeng in two consecutive previous meetings (world championships and Japan Open) and Rexy should know exactly what went wrong and work out ways to get his players overcome it.
“Wong Mew Choo’s defeat (by Saina Nehwal of India at the Commonwealth Games) was mainly due to her weak forehand and footwork. The coach (currently Wong Tat Meng) should be able to analyse this and should consult the NSI (National Sports Institute) staff to help her strengthen this area.
“All these findings should be recorded. There should be analysis after every tournament.”
James added that the Guangzhou Asiad was only a short-term goal and he was more concerned over mapping big plans for the future.
“I have met all the coaches, individually, over the last few weeks. Today, I was able to meet them as a team for the first time. Team-work is important for the success of Malaysian badminton and I will do my best to keep them together,” he said.
“I have asked all the coaches to submit their training programmes and Tan Kim Her (national back-up) and Tat Meng have done so. The others will have to submit them soon. I will then be able to give my input and strengthen the programme.
“In fact, I have asked the coaches to prepare their 2011 tournament schedule for every players. We are not going to simply send a player for every tournament.”
While the elite coaches have immediate tasks to look into, the back-up coaches – Kim Her and Hendrawan – have the responsibilities to map the programmes for their players to excel at the 2014 Asian Games and 2016 Olympics.
James added that the coaches would have to change their approach as the game had evolved.
“The game of modern era is all about stamina, speed and explosive movements.
“The coaches will have to look into new approaches,” he said.
“My next move is to meet the officials from the NSI to see how best they can support these training programmes. They have the expertise to help us. We are here to work together.”