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Coach Says Ginting Ready to Recover His Best Performance

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Coach Says Ginting Ready to Recover His Best Performance

Indonesian men’s singles coach Irwansyah said Anthony Sinisuka Ginting is ready to return to his best ahead of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.

“Hopefully (the Asian Games will be a turning point). With training, from every day now, the progress is good. And he also tries to focus,” said Irwansyah when met at the PBSI Cipayung Pelatnas, East Jakarta, Wednesday (9/20).

“What I always say, is keep the focus and motivation. Hopefully, we will be able to perform optimally in the championship. I ask for prayers, yes, (to) everyone,” he added.

Irwansyah said it was not easy for Ginting to return to his best performance following the death of his mother a few days before the 2023 Badminton World Championship in August.

“Slowly. That’s why I keep trying and our men’s singles team also continues to try to strengthen him. To keep him going so that he can still run training, and this championship is also important for him,” said Irwansyah.

“I continue to maintain and continue to motivate him to not have a feeling of absence, like that. Still, he is a good player. It’s just a little time to get back to normal,” he added.

Irwansyah also responded to the performance of another men’s singles player, Jonatan Christie, who recently won the Hong Kong Open 2023 despite suffering an abdominal muscle injury.

However, the coach thinks Jonatan also still needs to strengthen his mind so as not to burden himself and be able to perform freely because Jonatan is a gold medalist at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.

“I hope he can keep it (his mind). From the mind, not only from his body condition but from his mind first. If (the condition) of the mind is okay, the results must be good,” said Irwansyah.

This does not only apply to Jonatan but also to all the men’s singles athletes he coaches, especially those who will compete at Asia’s biggest sporting event next week.

“In my opinion as a coach, the important thing is that they can play freely. Pressure is impossible not to exist. Every championship, not just the Asian Games, is also a burden,” said the coach.

“But, they must be able to handle it. And what I said earlier if they can play with enjoyment, be free. So, yes, the results (if) God willing must be good,” he added.

source: Antara