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Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai are in Barcelona to compete in the Spanish Masters. -- NSTP File Pix
Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai are in Barcelona to compete in the Spanish Masters. -- NSTP File Pix

MIXED doubles Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai hope a short spell in France will spice up their game.

The duo, who are now competing in the Spanish Masters in Barcelona, plan to next have a training stint with the French national team in Paris.

They feel this will do them some good as they gear up for a hectic schedule leading to the end of the one-year Olympic qualifying period.

After the stint in France, World No 9 Soon Huat- Shevon will next compete in the German Open on Mar 3-8 and the All England on Mar 11-15.

Shevon said: “We are excited and looking forward to our brief training stint in France.

“We'll be preparing ourselves there ahead of some of the European tournaments that we've registerd for.

“I believe it will help us a lot as we do not have to travel between Asia and Europe.

“It won't be easy physically and psychologically but we will work together and make it through.”

Currently, Soon Huat-Shevon are ranked No 10 on the Race to Tokyo qualifying list, three rungs below independent duo, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and three rungs above national teammates, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing.

A country is allowed the maximum representation of two pairs if they are in the top eight bracket at the end of the qualification period in April.

Apart from Soon Huat-Shevon, the other players who will be heading to France are Kian Meng-Pei Jing, national men's doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and women's doubles, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen.

Earlier this year, the national women's singles and doubles shuttlers had a 10-day training stint in Bangkok.

The change in environment has made a difference as the national women's team made the semi-finals of the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila recently.

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