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Coach Misbun hopes Chong Wei will fly high with BATS

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Category: Badminton News Published: 04 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Na­­tional singles coach Mis­bun Sidek  was busy watching videos of the players after the morning training session at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

He is certainly leaving no stone unturned in his bid to make sure world number one Lee Chong Wei knows every of his opponent’s moves in the World Championships, which will be held in Hyderabad, India from Aug 10-16.

Misbun is currently working closely with National Sports Institute’s performance analyst Kokum Weeratunga to have an indepth study of the players through a software called the Badminton Tracking System (BATS).

Over the months, he has been studying Chong Wei’s play against the top players in the world.

“Thanks to this analyst, I get to collect specific details on the way these players play. It helps me to understand my player and also his opponents better,” said Misbun.

“As a coach, it helps me to explain to my players better as I have the visuals and figures to support my thoughts on the game. It helps me to transfer the knowledge to the players on how to handle and overcome certain situations,” he added.

Yesterday, he was watching matches played by Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan.

“What makes Lin Dan unique is that he changes tactics almost at all times. So, it makes it difficult for the players to read his game.”

Misbun, however, admitted that all the researches and analyses would go to waste if the players were unable to apply what they learnt on court.

Chong Wei is the top seed in the World Championships and is expected to cross path with defending champion Lin Dan in the semi-finals.

However, Chong Wei will first have to get past Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh and Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the third round and quarter-finals respectively.

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