Frost: Chong Wei’s presence a huge boost

Chong Wei, who recently returned from an eight-month doping ban, will only be participating in the team event as he was not entered in the singles competition. 

Even though this hinders Malaysia's chances of getting a medal in the men's singles event, Frost has faith that Chong Wei will help his country taste success in the team competition. 

"It means a lot to the team that he’s here and helping," Frost told reporters. "It’s also good for him to get some more match practice, so it a mutually beneficial arrangement.

"He still has several huge tournaments coming up like the US Open, the Canada Open and the World Championships this year. But his main aim will still be to qualify for the Olympics next year."

Malaysia's men's and women's teams will face Cambodia and Vietnam respectively in the quarter-finals on Wednesday and will set up a semi-final clash with Indonesia on Thursday should they win. 

"Our aim this year is to reach four finals, with our best hope coming in the men’s team, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles," Frost said. "We had a good draw for the girls, although we were hoping to avoid playing Indonesia in the semis for the men’s team.

"But I do think it’s going to be very close and we will just go in there to fight hard, so I’m not too concerned overall."

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