Norza wants recently-recovered Chong Wei to prioritise world meet
DATUK Seri Norza Zakaria is glad that Lee Chong Wei can compete at the All England on March 7-12 but wants the shuttler to not overexert himself.
The BA of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president believes the bigger challenge for Chong Wei is to be at his best for August’s World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
The men’s singles World No 1 All England campaign was in doubt after he suffered a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) after slipping on one of the mats during training at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABL) last month.
However, the 35-year-old was able to make a quick comeback and after a recent MRI scan, was given to clearance to make the trip to Birmingham.
“Of course I am glad that Chong Wei is back and will be able to compete in the All England.
“As everyone already know, he has not played in a competitive match since the end of last year (World Super Series Finals) and the All England is one of the major tournaments he had planned to compete in.
“However, it is a tournament that will draw all world’s top players, so I want him to take things lightly. Step by step because the main target this year is the World Championships in Glasgow,” said Norza who is also BAM’s coaching and training (C&T) committee chairman.
On the new special project and the spat between Chong Wei and BAM technical director Morten Frost, Norza added: “Well, everything is good for now.
“Roles are delegated between singles coach Hendrawan, Morten and the C&T which will be looked into by Datuk Ng Chin Chai.
“They had a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) and I understand that everything is going well.”
Apart from the All England and World Championships, Chong Wei is also expected to compete at the India Open on March 28-Apr 2, Malaysia Open (Apr 4-9), Sudirman Cup (May 21-28) and Indonesia Open (June 13-18).
Meanwhile at the German Open, second seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were barely tested as they thumped Finland’s Anton Kaisti-Jenny Nystrom 21-6, 21-7 to reach the second round yesterday.
Playing in their first tournament since December, the national No 1 mixed doubles play local duo Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Herttrich next.
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing also made it through but only after a tough 21-17, 18-21, 21-16 win over Germany’s Michael Fuchs Birgit Overzier. Kian Meng-Pei Jing play Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet Jongkolphan Kititharakul today for a place in the quarter-finals.