Will miss sev­eral events to re­cover for Sea Games

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

DUE to the sever­ity of his in­jury, Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din has been with­drawn from the Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore Opens and is likely to miss the Bad­minton Asia Cham­pi­onships as well next month.

The BA of Malaysia (BAM) de­cided that it was best to al­low the 26-year-old men’s sin­gles to re­cover fully, if he is to have any chance of rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust.

Na­tional sin­gles coach Hen­drawan, when con­tacted yes­ter­day said: “We waited to re­view his re­ports and it is clear that his back in­jury is not a mi­nor one.

“Iskan­dar has yet to re­sume train­ing on court so it’s best for him to fo­cus fully on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion first. We don’t want to risk him with tour­na­ments.

“This de­ci­sion was made af­ter con­sult­ing Morten Frost (BAM tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor) and Sandra (Fiedler) our phys­io­ther­a­pist.”

On whether Iskan­dar would be ready to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of re­tain­ing the Sea Games gold for Malaysia come Au­gust, Hen­drawan added: “Iskan­dar’s name is still in the list.

“How­ever, we will mon­i­tor him closely. If he is not ready, then we will still be able to make some last minute changes.”

Iskan­dar is cur­rently ranked No 30 in the world, but is ex­pected to drop a few spots following his lat­est with­drawal.

The 2015 na­tional cham­pion picked up a lower back (disc) in­jury in Jan­uary prior to the Malaysia Mas­ters in Sibu.

Iskan­dar’s last tour­na­ment was the Ma­cau Open in De­cem­ber.

Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din is cur­rently un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for a back in­jury.

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