Monday, March 02, 2015

More woes for Malaysia ahead of All-England meet

KUALA LUMPUR: Misfortune has again struck Malaysia’s All-England squad.
Malaysia’s entries in the prestigious event dwindled further when independent men’s singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli pulled out due to suspected dengue.

The reigning national champion Zulfadli had boarded the plane on Satruday but had to disembark because of his conditions.

Zulfadli’s father-cum-coach Zulkiffli Sidek said his son apologised to all his fans for missing out on the event which starts on Wednesday in Birmingham.

“We boarded the plane at 11.20pm. There was a technical problem and the departure was delayed for more than two hours. During that time, Zulfadli’s condition worsened. He had not been well even before boarding the plane,” said Zulkiffli.

“We decided that it was best for him to withdraw and we got out of the plane at 3.30am.
“I took him to the hospital around 5am where they suspected he has dengue fever.
“I hope it’s just a viral bug so that he can recover in time for the Swiss Open next week (at Basel from March 10-15).”

With the former world junior champion out, Malaysia’s sole representative in the men’s singles is another independent shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif.

Arif will start from the qualifying tournament on Monday against Indonesia’s Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka. If he wins he will take on another Indonesian, Simon Santoso.

The winner of this qualifying stage will play Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the first round.
Earlier, Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng withdrew due to a leg injury.

Malaysia’s other representatives in Birmingham are men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong; doubles players Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho (women); and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing (mixed).

There is only one entry in the men’s doubles because Malaysia had to pull out Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han following Thien How and Khim Wah’s decision to quit the national team.

The Star

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