Mathias Boe believes national championship competition mentally shapes players –

Badminton News: Danish badminton legend Mathias Boe believes growing domestic league competition is the answer for players to better handle pressure. And that’s why Denmark’s players are cool when playing in tense moments or against each other in international tournaments.

“I played in the domestic league for 20 years in my country and that teaches you how to deal with all kinds of pressures,” said Mathias Boe of Denmark, who currently coaches the Thomas Cup-winning side. from India.

“I played against my own teammates in this league and coached players in the league. It’s a big part of our culture in Denmark.”

“That’s why I was able to sit with India and watch the game against Denmark (India won 3-2 in the semi-finals). Seeing my friends, some of whom were on my side win the Thomas Cup six years ago, doesn’t affect me,” added Boe, who believes that playing regularly in a competitive home league keeps players on the path to victory. .

India also has a regular league in their country.

“I passed on what I learned from Denmark to the Indian doubles. I wanted to add more tactical approach for the best pair (Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty),” he said.

“They have strength and speed, and if we can apply more tactics with their poisonous attacks, they will become even more powerful.”

While the leagues of Denmark and India are producing talent in the game and raising the level of coaches in their countries and developing players, who hardly have a chance to play due to limited places in the national team, Malaysia may have made a big mistake by neglecting this part.

Without the Purple League, an initiative of the private sector and former players, the league system is completely dead in this country.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has focused too much on the top by strengthening its national training centre, leaving the state leagues weak.

But it is not surprising because some badminton leaders are weak at the state level, mainly waiting for subsidies from national bodies without taking the initiative.

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