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DUE to the severity of his injury, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin has been withdrawn from the Malaysia and Singapore Opens and is likely to miss the Badminton Asia Championships as well next month.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