Ameer ex­cited to link up again with Voun­tus

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BAM have ar­ranged for na­tional men’s dou­bles backup shut­tler Ameer Zain­ud­din to train un­der a coach from his home­town.

Ameer is ex­cited to link up again with Voun­tus In­dra Mawan Saniru who has re­placed Jeremy Gan as na­tional dou­bles men’s coach.

He said Voun­tus is known as a good coach and player, and they are in dire need of a sports sci­ence ex­pert.

“Voun­tus orig­i­nated from my home­town of Muar and we were un­der the Yap Broth­ers Bad­minton Academy.

“When I re­turn to my home­town, we of­ten meet up and he will be giv­ing me advice,” said Ameer, who played at the 2016 World Youth Cham­pi­onship in Bil­bao.

He hopes Voun­tus can im­prove the play­ers’ per­for­mances es­pe­cially the men’s dou­bles backup squad.

When asked if age fac­tor will be a prob­lem for the new coach, Ameer said he has al­ways re­spected former na­tional player Voun­tus though he is only 28 years old.

“Even be­fore this I have re­spected him, the way he car­ries him­self and the way he speaks and I don’t think it will be a prob­lem for the oth­ers to fol­low.

“In re­gard to whether the rest can re­spect him or not, I don’t think it should be a prob­lem. We have to be pro­fes­sional be­cause he is our coach and we are the play­ers.” said Ameer.

“He has good strate­gies and an ad­van­tage in sports sci­ence. Sports sci­ence is im­mensely im­por­tant in mod­ern bad­minton,” said Ameer, the younger brother of na­tional men’s sin­gles player, Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain.

Be­sides Ameer, BAM have 15 men’s dou­bles backup shut­tlers who are ex­pected to be trained by Voun­tus

They are Amir Syazwan Al Razi Shah­ri­man Bakhtiar, Nur Iz­zud­din Rum­sani, Goh Sze Fei, Syazmil Id­ham Zainal Abidin, Wong Wai Jun, Tan Wee Gieen, Shia Chun Kang, Tan Jinn Hwa, Low Hang Yee, Soh Wooi Yik, Ian Wong, Tan Chee Tean, Man Wei Chong, Kwek Yee Jian and Ng Jia Jun. Ferzal­fie Fauzi

Ameer Zain­ud­din

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