Tze Yong ramps it up in training to get ready for Olympic hunt

KUALA LUMPUR: National men's singles ace Ng Tze Yong is ready to train six hours a day for the next month with one objective – to do well in tournaments next season and qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The world No 15 admitted that his decision to train more intensively for at least six hours a day is simply to be more consistent during matches.

He acknowledged that he has no choice but to train diligently to stay among the world's top 16 players to earn a spot for next year's Paris Olympics.

"I will maintain my rigorous training schedule of six hours a day, I only have one month to train so I want to give it my all, to go all out in training to prepare for the tournaments next season.

"I need to be more consistent because sometimes I will beat a top player but lose my next game. I have to be more consistent," he told reporters after his training session at Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM) here today (December 1).

The Johor-born shuttler, however, is satisfied with his achievement for the 2023 season.

"I am quite happy with my achievement this year because I can still improve. My target is the Olympics, so I have to maintain my position in the top 16," he said.

This year, Tze Yong performed admirably in the tournaments he took part in, reaching the quarter-finals seven times, semi-finals twice and emerging as runner-up at the Arctic Open in Vantaa, Finland.

He even defeated several top players, including world No 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the second round of the All England in March. — BERNAMA

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