In the last couple of years it seems that I have been making an annual visit to Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India!
Last time around it was for a couple of hours due to a misunderstanding over a multiple entry tourist visa but this time around I have an entry visa as coach of the Malaysian players playing at the Asian Junior Championships from 14-24 June 2010.
For the boys that is 16 year old current National Champion Evan Capel and 11 year old Nur Najiha Azman Hisham will be accompanied by her higher ranked sibling, 13 year old Nur Nabila Azman Hisham.
Unfortunately due to a combination of school exams followed by the MSSM (National Schools) Championship Finals just before I have no time to prepare these young talents and they will also be up against much more experienced and significantly stronger players than the age group events they are used to.
The Azman Hisham girls will find it particularly tough as they will be significantly younger than most (if not all) the other participants.
I will do my best of course but my focus will be to get to know their play and to try and show them the way forward by using this event as an invaluable learning experience.