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National badminton athlete and men’s singles player Ng Tze Yong in action during his match against China’s Lu Guang Zu, in the 2023 Denmark Open in Jyske Bank Arena, Odense, Denmark, on October 18, 2023. — Picture via FACEBOOK/BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA – BAM

Tze Yong to join tournaments after fully recovering — Seu Bock

SHAH ALAM, Feb 19 — National badminton singles player Ng Tze Yong will only be sent to participate in tournaments in the World Badminton Federation (BWF) calendar after fully recovering from the recent recurrence of his back injury, which had plagued him recently.

National singles coach Datuk Tey Seu Bock said he is reluctant to rush decisions by sending Ng to tournaments, instead opting to strategise with the coaching staff to improve the ranking of the world’s 15th-ranked player to make him eligible for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

However, a full report on Tze Yong’s condition would only be available next week due to their busy schedule in the just-concluded 2024 Badminton Asian Team Championships (BATC).

“When there is an injury, our focus is on recovery first. After the player fully recovers and gets the doctor’s approval to play, only then will we send them to tournaments.

“For Olympic qualification, we need to consider the points where the athlete can collect points, and that is important. We need to calculate those points carefully,” he told the press at the Setia City Convention Centre, the venue for the BATC, yesterday.

Ng, who withdrew from the quarterfinals against Singapore’s Jason Teh on Friday (February 16), lasted only about three minutes before being forced to withdraw after suffering another back injury similar to the one he endured during last month’s Malaysia Open.

Regarding the performance of national singles player Leong Jun Hao in the BATC final, Tey hopes the 24-year-old can display an equally impressive performance in future individual tournaments.

National badminton athlete and men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia in action during the 2023 Arctic Open badminton tournament in Vantaa, Finland, on October 14, 2023. — Picture by FACEBOOK/BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA

“Leong’s performance in this tournament has been impressive. Previously, we did not focus much on him, but with the absence of Ng and Lee Zii Jia, he rose to the occasion and performed well.

“It is good for him because people thought he was inconsistent previously, but I hope his performance isn’t limited to team events and continues in individual tournaments,” he said.

Meanwhile, national men’s team manager Tan Bin Shen said that national men’s doubles player Soh Wooi Yik had played his role as team captain well in the 2024 BATC.

He added the 2022 world champion with his partner, Aaron Chia, always strive their best to ensure they can contribute valuable points for the team when facing opponents on the court.

“I think Soh took responsibility (as captain) to ensure all games ran smoothly and all players performed well. They (Chia-Soh) need to deliver the points. So, I think this is a good process to give them that feeling of responsibility,” Tan said.

Malaysia, who lost 0-3 to China in the 2024 BATC final yesterday, did not compete with two mainstays of the country, Lee and Ng. The former had breathing difficulties due to sinusitis, while Ng had a back injury.

— Bernama

National men’s doubles shuttlers Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in action during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK, on August 7, 2022. — Picture via FACEBOOK/BERNAMA


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