Make some­thing out of ‘zero’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TURN the “zero” medal tar­get into gold.

That is Chong Wei Feng’s ad­vice to men’s sin­gles bad­minton play­ers Lee Zii Jia and Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din.

Wei Feng should know what he is talk­ing about. Af­ter all, he won the 2015 Sea Games men’s sin­gles bad­minton gold in Sin­ga­pore.

Wei Feng be­lieves that Zii Jia and Iskan­dar can pro­duce stun­ning re­sults on home soil.

The former BAM player said Zii Jia and Iskan­dar need to ra­zor sharp fo­cus on their in­di­vid­ual events and not let any dis­ap­point­ment in the team event ham­per their per­for­mances.

“Usu­ally the player goes through the team event first, followed by in­di­vid­ual event. And if they can’t get a good score in the team event, my ad­vice is to not carry it into the in­di­vid­ual events,” he said.

“I remembered when I played in Sin­ga­pore two years ago, I played with­out any pres­sure de­spite suf­fer­ing from a toe in­jury be­cause at the time my tar­get wasn’t so high too.”

Wei Feng has also urged his com­pa­tri­ots to draw strength from know­ing that no medal tar­gets have been put on them, and to prove ev­ery­one wrong.

He ex­pects Zii Jia to pro­duce great re­sults de­spite it be­ing his Sea Games de­but.

“His per­for­mance prior to this has been great Iskan­dar has vast ex­pe­ri­ence and has been in the fi­nals at ‘Open’ events and knows how to con­trol that sit­u­a­tion.”

BAM have put a two gold tar­get but it is on the shoul­ders of women’s dou­bles Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei and Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and mixed dou­bles Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See. Ferzal­fie Fauzi

Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din has been urged to prove crit­ics wrong at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

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