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Datuk Lee Chong Wei

NATIONAL men’s singles coach Tey Seu Bock has urged our younger shuttlers to buck up, as the rest of the world is leaving Malaysia behind in international tournaments.

When met at Juara Stadium today, Seu Bock who is in charge of world No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei said: The expectations are high on Chong Wei, and I don’t blame the public for it. After all he has been the only one who has been delivering results, but he is 31 this year, and he is not getting any younger.

“I must admit that I’m impressed with the young players that other countries are producing. China’s Chen Long is only 24 and is now Chong Wei’s closest rival. I won’t be surprised if  even Lin Dan finds it hard to defeat him now (Chen Long defeated Chong Wei with ease at the All England Open final just over a week ago).

“Then you have (Jan O) Jorgensen from Denmark who is very strong and has reached back-to-back semifinals at the All England Open and the Swiss Open. He’s only 25. We need our youngsters to buck up too, or it’s going to be tough to play catch up.”

Seu Bock said he was now waiting for singles head coach Rashid Sidek to return from Switzerland tomorrow before going through video footages of Chong Wei’s matches in England before making any changes to his training programme.

“Probably in the next few days, we will analyse the videos. There won’t be any drastic changes to Chong Wei’s programme, but we may try to introduce some new style, because things like this have to be reviewed regularly.

“April will be a tight month for Chong Wei because of the Australia Open Grand Prix (GP) Gold (April 2-5), then the India Open Superseries (April 23-28), and the Malaysia GP Gold that begins two days after that. We will try to avoid making any drastic changes. It’s more to keeping him fit for these tournaments,” Seu Bock said.

On Liew Daren, who has not made any impact since winning the French Open title last October, Seu Bock said: “It’s disappointing – a first round exit at the All England and then a second round exit at the Swiss Open. He has to work on his mentality first.

“How are you going to win a match when you have already decided to lose before it even starts?” he asked.

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