KUALA LUMPUR: A big scale motivation camp for the badminton players will be held at Taman Negara in Pahang from March 12-15.
It is aimed at uniting and inspiring the team in preparation for the four major tournaments this year – Thomas Cup Finals (May), Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (July), World Championships in Copenhagen (August) and the Asian Games in Incheon (September).
The camp will be held just days after the All-England (from March 4-9) so that all the shuttlers, including Olympic Games silver medallists Lee Chong Wei, can take part.
Independent players are expected to join the motivation camp – only if they are successful in a selection trial soon.
On Thursday, all the national coaches had a meeting with the National Sports Institute (NSI) team to discuss about the camp and they came out with several proposals.
KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese New Year is the time for family reunions, angpow packets and mandarin oranges.
Although doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo will be taking a break to enjoy the celebration with family and friends, she is determined that the Year of the Horse will be the one where she and partner Woon Khe Wei achieve new milestones in their three-year partnership.
Winning a SEA Games gold medal last year was an awesome feat for Vivian but she is not one to rest on her laurels.
“Winning the SEA Games gold (in Myanmar in December) will always be special but that is in the past. I want to win something bigger and better than a SEA Games gold medal this year,” said the lanky 23-year-old.