Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Peaceful environment in Bath good for shuttlers, says Seu Bock

KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Tey Seu Bock (pic) is hoping that a peaceful and quiet environment at the Bath University in London will calm his nerves ahead of the World Badminton Championships, scheduled to be held at Wembley from Aug 8-14.

Seu Bock and the Malaysian contingent left for London yesterday to attend a short centralised training stint before the battle begins at Wembley.

This will be Seu Bock’s first World Championships outing as a main coach outside of Malaysia.
He assisted Misbun Sidek in preparing Lee Chong Wei for the 2007 world meet in Kuala Lumpur.
This time, Seu Bock, together with singles chief coach Rashid Sidek, has been handed the responsibility of helping Chong Wei to be in top physical and mental condition for the world meet.

“I can feel the tension mounting – especially when everyone around me keeps talking about Chong Wei’s chances of winning this year’s World Championships. Coaches feel the pressure too,” he said.

“It will even be more taxing on Chong Wei but it is my job to help him handle it all. I have to make sure that Chong Wei remains focused and is able to handle all the expectations that come being the world number one.
“Of course, I want him to win but I will not put undue pressure on him. We will take it one opponent at a time. We will do a lot of analysing of matches and, I guess, his rivals will be doing the same too.”

Seu Bock expects the short stint in Bath would do the whole team a world of good.

“There will be less distractions there. The focus will be on training ... but we will also have some fun activities to break the monotony,” said Seu Bock.

“All other aspects of the athletes’ preparation have been taken into account. We are also bringing our own chef to prepare the players’meals. This environment will be good for all – the players and coaches.”

Besides the coaches and players, the National Sports Institute (NSI) are also sending their experts to support the team.


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