Resort room exercises utilizing a carton of water bottles as weights, warm-up classes within the bus to maximise on-court coaching time and little alternative in meal choices as a consequence of being cooped up within the lodge room in accordance with Covid-19 protocol.
That’s what the resumption of match motion appears like for Singapore’s badminton gamers, who’re in Bangkok for a double-header that marks the game’s resumption.
The Republic’s contingent usually are not the one ones pondering outdoors the field, with Olympic ladies’s champion Carolina Marin posting a video of herself figuring out with a lodge towel whereas males’s world No. three Anders Antonsen practised serving shuttlecocks into his footwear.
Severely disrupted by Covid-19, the final main worldwide match was the Denmark Open final October.
Bangkok will play host to the Yonex Thailand Open from at the moment to Sunday, adopted by the Toyota Thailand Open (Jan 19-24) earlier than culminating within the BWF World Tour Finals (Jan 27-31) – which can characteristic the highest eight singles, doubles and blended doubles gamers.
The Singapore contingent of Yeo Jia Min, Loh Kean Yew, Crystal Wong and Jin Yujia, together with nationwide singles coach Kelvin Ho, left for the Thai capital on Monday final week.
They have been confined to their rooms on the Novotel Bangkok Influence lodge for the primary two days, till they acquired the outcomes of their Covid-19 exams.
Even after testing destructive, they continue to be largely confined to the lodge, apart from the allotted 75-minute coaching classes at Influence Enviornment.
Males’s singles world No. 38 Loh, 23, instructed The New Paper: “This has been fairly a distinct expertise as in comparison with earlier tournaments. We did some room coaching (for) the primary two days and obtained used to the brand new regular right here…
“We had some workout routines ready by our coach earlier than coming right here, particularly for after we are in our rooms. It is about 60 minutes. I used resistance bands and water bottles as weights.”
Girls’s singles world No. 26 Yeo, 21, added that it was a brand new expertise not interacting with different gamers as timings have been staggered for numerous contingents.
The meals have additionally taken some getting used to, with the monotonous servings of hen breast a recurring theme of Loh’s social media posts, as he jokingly captioned a photograph of him on a treadmill with: “Making an attempt to run away from all of the breast meat.”
Stated Yeo: “At some point, we even ate hen breast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I could not end it.”
Whereas there appears to have been extra selection within the pre-packaged meals just lately, Loh famous: “It could be excellent to have extra selections as to what we eat, and what time to eat.”
The 2 Thailand Opens have been hit by a bunch of withdrawals, together with males’s world No. 1 Kento Momota and ladies’s No. 2 Chen Yufei – for coronavirus-related causes.
However there stays top-tier competitors for the Singaporean contingent.
Right now, Loh takes on Indonesia’s world No. 7 and reigning Asian Video games champion Jonatan Christie whereas the duo Jin, 23, and Wong, 21, are up towards Thailand’s Laksika Kanlaha and Atitaya Povano.
Yeo, in the meantime, may also face a house favorite within the first spherical, as she takes on world No. 5 Ratchanok Intanon, a former world champion.