Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Fredrick Tham, the psychologist nicknamed "psycho" is back in action to help the national hockey team prepare mentally in their bid to qualify for the London Olympics.

Fred was the Director of the Penang Sports Council and quit the job to take up a posting as the Deputy Director in his home state in Sarawak early this month.

And straight away the National Sports Council has made the attempt, successfully one might add, to get Fred to work his magic on the national team who are in the midst of preparing for Olympic Qualifiers in Dublin from the 10th to 18 March.

That is not all for Fred is willing to help national badminton ace Lee Chong Wei in his quest for badminton gold in London.

"I have been asked to help prepare the psychological aspects of the hockey team for the qualifiers," said Fred when met at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil at the sidelines of the Malaysia and China friendly.

"The last time I worked with the hockey team was the World Cup Qualifiers at Invercargil in 2009.

"I know most of the players and will do my very best to help the team make it to the Olympics."

On Chong Wei, the psychologist who worked with the world number one until the World Championships in Paris said that it all depends on the Badminton Association of Malaysia.

"Really the question should be directed at BAM as I am here to serve Malaysian sports," said Fred who flew in to attend the Chong Wei book launch.

" If they ( BAM and NSC ) feel that my services can help Chong Wei then surely I will be honored to help."

In addition to Chong Wei, Fred is also willing to look into helping doubles pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong regain their confidence following a slump of late.