Tan Chun Seang has been given the task to help Lee Chong Wei quest in beating Lin Dan in major tournaments or in a more consistent basis.
The main reason Chun Seang was choosen ahead of other back up players is because he is a left hander just like Lin Dan. Left handed players are not many in our national team. Chun Seang is one lucky boy!
The question is this, can Chun Seang help Chong Wei? Their standard is poles apart. My point of view it will help Chong Wei a little but not that much due to the difference of standard. The only advantage for Chong Wei is that he is traning with a left handed hoping that Chun Seang style of play will also reflect on the movements and thinking of a left handed player like Lin Dan.
What do you all think?
National back-up shuttler Tan Chun Seang will come under the charge of coach Misbun Sidek after the tournaments in Europe next month.
The move is to facilitate the training programme for Lee Chong Wei. And being a regular sparring partner for the world No. 1 will also benefit Chun Seang.
National chief coach Rashid Sidek said yesterday that Hendrawan had agreed to release southpaw Chun Seang to train under Misbun after the back-to-back All-England (March 9-14) and Swiss Open (March 16-21).
“Initially, the plan was to release Chun Seang to spar with Chong Wei whenever it was needed,” said Rashid.
“But the coaches met and felt that the best decision was to allow Chun Seang to train permanently under Misbun to support Chong Wei’s training programme.
“This is done in the best interest of the country. Sparring with a left-handed and aggressive player like Chun Seang will benefit Chong Wei.
“It will help Chong Wei in his preparations to deal with southpaws like Lin Dan (of China). It will also lessen the burden on Hendrawan, who has a big pool of players under his charge.”
The other players training under Hendrawan are Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Kuan Beng Hong, Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Lim Fang Yang, Kuan Kam Chung and Goh Soon Huat.
Misbun also has Chan Kwong Beng, Wong Mew Choo and Lok Chong Chieh under his care.
Rashid hopes to see the 22-year-old Chun Seang take full advantage of training with Chong Wei to jump start his career.
“The situation is like a double-edged sword for Chun Seang. He provides good quality sparring for Chong Wei and he will also gain a lot from Chong Wei. This may see a big leap in his game,” he said.
Chun Seang has been given a four-day break for the Chinese New Year and he resumes training on Wednesday to get ready for the German Open, which will be held at Mulheim from March 2-7.