BAM hoping for stricter SOPs at Thomas/Uber Cup Finals

National men’s singles ace Lee more than ready to face pressure to give Malaysia a head start

BADMINTON Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann hopes the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Denmark will enhance their standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals to be held in Aarhus, Denmark, from Oct 3-11.

Wong said this is crucial to ensuring the safety of the players and officials taking part in the prestigious men and women’s team competitions in view of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

“I think we’re looking at how our team can be more isolated in the hotel and where our food is sourced from.

“The preventive methods being used in Denmark is slightly different from ours and that’s why we’re communicating with them on this matter,” he told reporters at the Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

He was there to attend a special meeting between BAM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria and 27 players who will be attending a four- day motivational camp in Tioman Island, Pahang, from today.

Wong reiterated that the final squads for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals would be announced after the players returned from the camp.

The BWF have set Sept 18 as the deadline for competing countries to submit their entries for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.

National men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia said he is more than ready to face any kind of pressure in his bid to give Malaysia a head start in their matches in the Thomas Cup Finals.

“My (lower back) injury is getting better. Today was the second day that I’ve undergone full training. I hope to be fully recovered when we return from the motivational camp (on Sunday).”

Lee, who suffered the injury at the BAM Invitational Championships held at the ABM early last month, is expected to play the first singles in the prestigious men’s team competition in Aarhus.

For the Thomas Cup Finals, Malaysia is in Group A with 13-time champions Indonesia, the Netherlands and England.

For the Uber Cup Finals, the national women’s squad faces a tough task after being drawn in Group B with South Korea, Indonesia and Australia.

Malaysia have won the Thomas Cup five times — 1949, 1952, 1955, 1967 and 1992. — Bernama

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