Yen Mei and Ying Ying put on standby
SHUTTLERS Ho Yen Mei and Lee Ying Ying have been told to be ready to take to the court if Goh Jin Wei fails to recover in time for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.
This was stated by national women’s singles head coach Tey Seu Bock.
Jin Wei, 17, is still nursing an ankle injury she picked up at the recent Asia Junior Championships in Jakarta, and is only expected to resume training next week.
Seu Bock admitted he is still hoping for the 2015 world junior champion to get back on her feet before the team event gets underway on Aug 22.
“Of course my wish is for Jin Wei to recover as soon as possible, but at the same time I cannot take her injury lightly. We must understand that Jin Wei is a huge asset to the team.
“However, if she does not recover in time, I want Yen Mei and Ying Ying to be ready, because they are the other two backups to Soniia Cheah,” said Seu Bock.
The Malaysian women’s team open their campaign against Myanmar at the Axiata Arena, and are expected to face Indonesia in the semi-finals.
Favourites Thailand are expected to be waiting in the final.
Seu Bock is hoping for any of his trainees to win a medal in the individual event at the biennial Games.
“I really hope one of them would be able to deliver a medal. At this moment it doesn’t matter what medal it is, but looking at our rankings, I believe it is possible for a podium finish.”
At the Singapore Games two years ago, Jin Wei settled for the bronze medal. This year, the Penangite will be joined by national No 1 Soniia, in the individual event. Helmi Talkah
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