The Vietnam Badminton Federation and Ho Chi Minh Badminton Federation have hired a young Indonesian player to help Vietnam's badminton ace prepare for the coming Olympics.
This is the first time a foreign player has been employed to help a local player practice and sharpen his skills.
Twenty-year-old Adi Pratama, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Youth Badminton event in 2007 and is currently ranked 486th in the Badminton World Federation rankings, will be in Ho Chi Minh City for a month from June 22 till July 22.
The US$4,500 cost of hiring the Indonesian will be shared by the Vietnam Badminton Federation and Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Federation.
Explaining the choice of Pratama rather than other, higher ranked players, Hoang Thi Thu Ha, Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Federation, said, "At this time, the strong players in the region are very busy preparing for the Olympics.
"Also, it would cost much more to hire a more famous player."
Ha said that the Indonesian player will help Tien Minh, ranked 11th in the world, maintain his form for the London Olympics.