Malaysian shuttlers bound for the Tokyo Olympics are are ready to launch an assault for “as many medals as possible” when the competitions begins in less than three weeks.
Malaysia are represented by a contingent of eight shuttlers, each in every category in Tokyo.
The national team will have the joint-fifth biggest squad in Tokyo, behind China (14), Japan (13), Indonesia (11) and Denmark (9).
“We want the players to perform at their level best and get as many medals as possible. Of course we want to win gold, and we will try to go for it with the best preparations possible,” said national coaching director Wong Choong Hann in a virtual session with the media on Monday.
Lee Zii Jia (men’s singles), Soniia Cheah (women’s singles), Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (men’s doubles), Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (women’s doubles) and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles) complete the national contingent.
They will be joined by four coaches – Hendrawan, Flandy Limpele, Chan Chong Ming and Chin Eei Hui with Wong leading as team manager – and depart for Tokyo on July 17.
Wong also explained the team's movement upon arrival.
“We will have limited movement upon arrival. July 18 is about settling down at the Games Village, followed by the first court testing the following day until the tournament begins,” he said.
When asked of his expectations at his third Olympics, Chan said the aim is none other than gold.
“We got silver the last time, so this time we definitely want gold. Having said that, we do not want to put too much pressure on ourselves, but go out and play to our best abilities,” he added.
Malaysia returned with three silver medals at the Rio Olympics, through men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan-Goh and Lee Chong Wei.
The draw for the Tokyo Olympics is set to be done on Thursday.