Straight down to busi­ness for new bad­minton coach af­ter visa de­lays

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

AF­TER over­com­ing some visa prob­lems, Bad­minton Scot­land’s new head coach Tat Meng Wong will ar­rive in the coun­try to­day and will start work im­me­di­ately,

The Malaysian was orig­i­nally due to join the or­gan­i­sa­tion at the start of Jan­uary but his tim­ing now adds an ex­tra di­men­sion to this week­end’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, which be­gins in Perth just as Wong is given a first op­por­tu­nity to run the rule over the lead­ing Scot­tish play­ers.

In a year in which Scot­land hosts the sport’s most pres­ti­gious event – the World Bad­minton Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust – he will have to hit the ground run­ning even be­fore that. How­ever, with Bad­minton Scot­land fac­ing a fund­ing cri­sis af­ter UK Sport’s with­drawal of sup­port at per­for­mance level, Wong will be asked to at­tend an im­por­tant meet­ing tomorrow.

“I’m de­lighted ev­ery­thing is now sorted out with his visa and he will be here for our meet­ing with the SportS­cot­land Scot­tish In­sti­tute of Sport,” said Bad­minton Scot­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Anne Smil­lie.

“The sit­u­a­tion we are in at the mo­ment is not ideal, but we are very for­tu­nate, unlike Bad­minton Eng­land who don’t get any sep­a­rate per­for­mance fund­ing.

“We get gen­er­ous sup­port from SportS­cot­land, but we know we are still go­ing to have to look at tight­en­ing our belts.”

“His first task is go­ing to be to as­sess all the ath­letes and he will be re­view­ing the num­bers in our elite squad and how they train,” said Smil­lie.

NET GAIN: Tat Meng Wong will start shap­ing the Scot­land play­ers im­me­di­ately

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