Caption: National shuttler Jaspar Yu (R) in a photo with former Malaysia doubles player Koo Kien Keat. PIcture: Courtesy of Jaspar Yu
Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
NATIONAL shuttler Jaspar Yu Woon Chai is looking to refine his game after a 10-day training camp with retired World Class players Koo Kien Keat (Malaysia) and Park Sung Hwan (South Korea) last week.
The 28-year-old felt that he has benefitted a lot from the camp and is ready to take his game to another level held in Kuala Lumpur
“The KL training camp was great. I was training with Koo Kien Keat and Park Sung Hwan, who were both legendary as players,” said Yu in an interview with BruSports News today.
“Both of them mostly emphasised on refining my game play to the smallest details and these little adjustments I worked on made big differences on court.
“They kept reminding me that these small things we work on at this level is what separates elite world class and others. They hope I will always remember when they’re not looking after me,” he added.
“The standard they have set in training is very demanding so I feel like I have it pay so much more attention when executing every shot,” continued Yu.
When asked on what is next on the calendar, he replied: “The next target is to apply what I have learnt from the past few weeks in upcoming international regional tournaments.
“However, I do think my return to Brunei after the camp is a little too early.
“There is still a month to go until my next regional tournament. Ideally it would be best to keep working with the coaches until August,” he added.
“But since I’m back, I will have to make use of the resources I have here and prepare to my best ability,” continued the 2016 Rio Olympian.
Yu had only arrived back in the Sultanate yesterday and will have a meeting with Zul (psychologist), John (conditioning coach) and Fadzli (badminton coach) soon to discuss on scheduling my final preparation month.
“I’m in good condition and injury free so I would like to keep it that way. August is an important month for us and I want to do well,” he concluded.
Yu has been working his way up the BWF (Badminton World Federation) rankings and reached a career-high of position 199 in the men’s singles earlier this month.