KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky has been on medication for chest pains over the last week.
But his health problem was the least of his worries as he left with the team yesterday for Birmingham, where they are on a mission to win honours at the All-England, which will begin on Wednesday.
In fact, Rexy is optimistic of a good outing for the Malaysian doubles this year.
“Yes, I may look tired and worn out. But this is not due to the stress ahead of the All-England,” said Rexy after a final workout at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday morning.
“I have been experiencing chest pain in the last couple of days but the doctors diagnosed it as mere muscle aches. I am on medication.”
While Rexy has had to rely on medicine to regain his health, his doubles players, he feels, are in the pink.
“All my players are in good condition and I have a strong belief that our doubles players will get back to their winning ways,” he said.
The doubles — especially his prized pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong — enjoyed a great year in 2007, winning the All-England and six other international titles.
But it was a disappointing year for the doubles department last year — especially when they returned empty-handed from the Beijing Olympics.
“The doubles department endured a rough time last year but I think we are over that difficult phase now. It tested my patience then … but now I am positive that things will change for the better,” said Rexy.
“I saw positive signs from my players in the Malaysian Open although they did not win any title.
“The players are in better condition and it is now up to them to motivate themselves to produce good results for the country.”
Rexy’s priorities for this year are the All-England and World Championships (in India in August).
Malaysia will be represented by Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Chan Peng Soon in the men’s doubles in the All-England.
Rexy’s other charges are women shuttlers Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty, Ng Hui Lin-Goh Liu Ying and the four mixed doubles pairs — Kien Keat-Hui Lin, Fairuzizuan-Pei Tty, Razif-Woon Khe Wei and Peng Soon-Liu Ying.