New Straits Times » Sport BADMINTON: Hafiz regrets, but still hopeful K.M. Boopathy Feb 05: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HAFIZ Hashim has conceded that he is not in the best condition to defend the All-England, but is still hopeful that national singles coach Misbun Sidek will consider him for the tournament on March 9-14. Hafiz, who won Malaysia’s first singles title since 1966 in Birmingham last year, came under heavy criticism from Misbun for his lackadaisical attitude and has been banished from joining national training sessions until he bucks up. Misbun has already made it clear that Hafiz can forget about competing in the Swiss Open (March 7) and All-England, if there is no positive changes in the shuttler’s attitude. Hafiz, who said that he has realised his mistakes, is ready to face the consequences even if this means that he might have to relinquish his All-England crown without a fight. To compound matters, Hafiz’s wrist injury, sustained three months ago, has made things worse for the 22-year-old player who was performing well below par since his triumph in Birmingham. "I have learnt from my mistakes and leave it to the coach (Misbun) to decide my fate. Although I have recovered from the injury, I am not in perfect condition to defend the All-England title," said Hafiz. "However, I am still looking forward to competing in the All-England and also the Swiss Open as I need the ranking points for Olympic qualification. "I want to make amends and prove my commitment again if I get an opportunity to play in Europe. "It will be disappointing if I am dropped from these tournaments but I will take it in my stride if that is the final decision." Hafiz has another three weeks to prove that he has changed for the better as Misbun will be utilising him for sparring sessions with the Thomas Cup squad beginning tomorrow. However, Misbun said Hafiz will have to wait longer to join the national training again until he is convinced that the shuttler shows grit and commitment in training. "Hafiz must start all over again. He must go through all the hardships which made him the All-England champion," said Misbun. "I can include him in national training sessions immediately, but he needs to earn it again. There is no special treatment. "If I make it all too easy for him, he will not realise his mistakes. Hafiz is changing but I must make sure history does not repeat itself." Hafiz will only be included in selected sparring sessions but he needs to make full use of the opportunity if he wants to regain Misbun’s faith and make his way back into the national team.