LEE Chong Wei, if he chooses, can have the assistance of get a touch of a former world champion to help him prepare him himself for the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.
Newly appointed coach Hendrawan, who officially started his duties yesterday work at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara, certainly knows what it will take to be a world champion and the 37-year-old has coach has offered his services to the World No 1.
Chong Wei,Hendrawan, who won the world title in 2001 and also helped Indonesia win the is a three-time champion of the Thomas Cup on three occasions, said he is willing to assist Chong Wei if the Malaysian needs him.
“Though I’m in charge of the back-up elite squad, I am willing to help Chong Wei. I have spoken to coaches Rashid Sidek and Misbun Sidek and they both agree that I should help out other singles players,” said Hendrawan. in Bukit Kiara yesterday.
“Malaysia has never won a world title and Chong Wei has the pedigree and the form to end that streak the drought this year. I will assist him in any way from the outside if he wants.”
Hendrawan He has also informed World Championship-bound shuttlers Wong Choong Hann and Lee Tsuen Seng, both former national players, to feel free to train under him. for the world meet.
“I’m also here to work with any player, though it’s outside my job scope, I want to push Malaysian badminton to new heights,” he said.
Hendrawan, who signed a two-year contract deal with the BA of Malaysia (BAM), however, will not have his family around for the next one year.
“My two children are reluctant to come over to Malaysia as they are happy in Jakarta, My wife has stayed back and they will be in Jakarta for at least a year because of school before I make other arrangements.
“I really miss ed them but I will make arrangements to visit them once a month. However, but this despite this shortcoming, it will not affect my work in Malaysia as I’m a professional coach,” said Hendrawan, who admitted that the BA of Malaysia (BAM first approached him four years ago but he declined the offer due to obligations with the Indonesian national team.
Hendrawan will be directly be coaching the national back-up elite players comprising Tan Chun Seang, Arif Latif, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren, and his immediate task will be to get them in prime condition As for the national back-up elite squad, Hendrawan, for now, is focused towards preparing them for the 2012 London Olympics.
“My target is the Olympics and though my contract is only for two years, I will be focused towards turning them into better players for the Games.”
“For the next one or two weeks, I will observe these players’ training programme before making giving my recommendations for changes. I need to observe each player’s strength and weakness es before deciding on the structure.”
The coach He also prefers that his shuttlers stay at home for training for the next one or two months before being sent for competing in tournaments.
“Practice makes perfect and I want them to focus on training first before thinking big.”
I will also be easier for him to plan properly the strategy to make these players better.”
He added: “I also hope to build a good relationship withe everyone in the national team. It will make my work easier.” he said.
Hendrawan also stressed hopes that the Malaysian public must would be patient ce and not to expect results too so soon.
“I need to focus on my players until they get good results. It’s pointless talking if they don’t do well.” added Hendrawan.