Malaysian player helping Cambodia shuttlers

N. Kogilavaanan, 23, a former Selangor state shuttler, who has been Cambodia's head coach for the past two-years, is determined to help Cambodian shuttlers break into the top ranks of world badminton.

Kogilavaanan's is challenging Cambodia's national shuttlers to win a medal or at least reach the semi-finals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore which starts in June.

"Compared to Malaysia, Cambodia is a long way behind Malaysia in badminton, both in terms of success and infrastructure. I was send there by BAC as part of efforts to develop the sport in the country.

"I managed to bring the shuttlers to the quarter-finals for first time at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar. My target for this year is to at least make it to the semi-finals," Kogilavaanan told the Bernama site.

Besides adapting to the new culture, food and language were two other main challenges faced by the Malaysian living in the underprivileged country.

"To make my work easier and for a long term survival, I am learning the local language (Khmer). About the food, I have to manage with the local food provided," he said.