SHORT AND HARD

Frost doesn’t see the need for lengthy train­ing camps

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

BA of Malaysia (BAM) tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Morten Frost does not be­lieve in lengthy cen­tralised train­ing camps. The Dane, in­stead, prefers to leave early for a tour­na­ment so play­ers can adapt to the new con­di­tions and re­sume reg­u­lar train­ing.

For the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia next month, the na­tional team con­sist­ing of 16 play­ers — will only leave on May 17, four days be­fore the start of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I don’t see why we need lengthy train­ing camps.

“I be­lieve this works best for us. It worked well for us dur­ing the Olympics in Rio last year, the Thomas Cup and the pre­vi­ous Sudirman Cup as well.

“I think it’s bet­ter for us to train here at home, be with our friends and fam­ily but pre­pare well and hard.

“Then we leave for the tour­na­ment slightly ear­lier so the play­ers will have some time to adapt them­selves to the con­di­tions.

“We leave on May 17 for the Sudirman Cup, and that leaves us with about five days to get used to the con­di­tions and for us to be­gin train­ing as well,” said Frost who be­lieves Malaysia stand a fight­ing chance of do­ing well in the bi­en­nial mixed team event.

This year Malaysia are in Group 1C along­side Ja­pan and Ger­many. BAM have set a tar­get to reach the semi-fi­nals first.

RE­SULTS (all fi­nals) —Men’s sin­gles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Lin Dan (Chn) 21-23, 21-11, 21-10; Dou­bles: Li Jun­hui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Huang Kaix­i­ang-Wang Yi­lyu (Chn) 21-14 21-12;

Women’s sin­gles: Tai Tzu Ying (Tai) bt Akane Ya­m­aguchi (Jpn) 18-21, 21-11, 21-18; Dou­bles: Misaki Mat­su­tomo-Ayaka Taka­hashi (Jpn) bt Kim Hye Rin-Yoo Hae Won (Kor) 21-19, 16-21, 21-10;

Mixed dou­bles: Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sap­siree Taer­at­tanachai (Tha) 21-18, 21-11.

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