BADMINTON doubles Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean are happy to “sacrifice” other tournaments for the team ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games next month.
The BA of Malaysia have set a target of winning the women's doubles gold for the third time in a row and the pair have been asked to skip a number of international tournaments to fully focus on the games.
With Malaysia hoping to become overall champions of the Games, the national contingent cannot afford to drop medals.
"It did feel a bit worrying (at first) to miss these tournaments but we have discussed this in depth with our coach (Wong Pei Tty) as well as the management," said Mei Kuan.
"We do understand the advantages as we now have the time to focus on specific areas in preparation for the games.
"I am very excited as this is our first Sea Games but there will also be expectations on our shoulders playing at home.
"The pressure will be on Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei to win but we also have to prove ourselves."
Vivian and Khe Wei won the doubles gold at the 2013 Myanmar Games with Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho defending it for Malaysia at the Singapore edition in 2015.
Translated from Harian Metro