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11-06-2008, 11:47 AM #18
11-10-2008, 01:34 AM #19
National No 1 Lee Chong Wei has to fight for his place in the 2012 London Olympics team.
National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek expects the current structure of elite and back-up players under one squad will ensure that no player, including the seniors, take his place for granted.
The BA of Malaysia (BAM) has decided to maintain the 2012 London Olympics Project squad as one instead of two -- 2006-2008 elite and the 2010-2012 Project squads -- but all the 18 back-up and senior players will be under one roof after this.
The London Olympics project squad has three layers -- elite, back-up elite and back-up -- but the players will be promoted and demoted based on their performances.
The elite squad of Lee Chong Wei, Hafiz Hashim, Kuan Beng Hong and women's singles Wong Mew Choo cannot take their places for granted as lack of results and failure to pull their weight in training will result in them being demoted and replaced by shuttlers from the other two set-ups.
"The current system enables us to keep the pressure on the senior players who are not performing while the back-up shuttlers will also know that they have the opportunity to get promoted," said Rashid.
"This was almost impossible in the previous structure where both squads had different set of coaches and programmes but there will be more cooperation now to bridge the gap between the seniors and the back-up players.
"The players under the back-up programme can gain straight entry into the elite squad if they show progress rather moving into the back-up elite first."
This also means that players like Hafiz and Beng Hong may not be able to maintain their places in the elite squad based on reputation alone and must be prepared to work harder.
The same system is also in place for the doubles squad under Rexy Mainaky and both coaches are optimistic of seeing the new approach bringing in desired results.
Courtesy of New Straits Times
11-10-2008, 05:31 AM #20
It implies that Lee CW will give another try in 2012? Good luck to him.
Wonder if our TH will do the same?
11-10-2008, 08:21 AM #21
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