Giap Chin hopes to come back

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GOH Giap Chin still har­bours hope of re­turn­ing to the BA of Malaysia (BAM)

The 24-year-old men’s sin­gles, re­cently ex­pressed his de­sire to come back to the na­tional fold af­ter quit­ting two years ago. But not in the present time.

Giap Chin ad­mit­ted that the re­turn of Mis­bun Sidek as men’s sin­gles head coach has got him in­ter­ested again.

“Of course I would like to re­turn es­pe­cially with Mis­bun there as head coach, but I know it is not the right time yet. I am still not as good as some of the top shut­tlers in BAM, so I need to train hard to be bet­ter first.

“Of course it’s not easy, es­pe­cially when you are an in­de­pen­dent player, but I have no­ticed some im­prove­ment in me, so I’m gonna keep at it and hope to come back one day,” said Giap Chin, who now trains un­der New vi­sion Bad­minton Academy (NVBA).

The Pe­nang-born shut­tler showed great promise dur­ing his ju­nior days, win­ning the Dutch and Ger­man Ju­nior Opens in 2011, but fell out of favour when he got into the se­nior squad.

As a re­sult, Giap Chin left BAM, even try­ing his hands at di­rect sales be­fore de­cid­ing to play bad­minton again. One year down the road since join­ing NVBA, Giap Chin is slowly on the rise again.

Af­ter clinch­ing the Mau­ri­tius In­ter­na­tional ti­tle and beat­ing Kuala Lumpur Sea Games-bound Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din at the Tai­wan Open in June, Giap Chin is now ranked No 75 in the world.

“I train re­ally hard. Two ses­sions at least four times a week. I haven’t even gone home to Pe­nang in awhile, be­cause that’s how much I hope to make it in the sport,” he said. Fabian Peter

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