CAU­TIOUS AP­PROACH

Norza wants re­cently-re­cov­ered Chong Wei to pri­ori­tise world meet

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

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.

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