It’s been a tough year for top national shuttlers Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.
2016 Rio Olympics silver-medallists’ partnership is destined for doom as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has been thinking of dissolving their partnership.
Badminton Association of Malaysia have decided that the Goh V Shem – Tan Wee Kiong partnership can no longer continue. This decision comes in light of the pair’s inability to emulate their stunning performance in other tournaments since the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Rumour has it that the two shuttlers will be paired with younger partners, although there is no official confirmation on names so far.
According to BAM’s technical director, Morten Frost, they have had discussions with both V Shem and Wee Kiong and decided that splitting up the pair will be the best way to alleviate and improve performance in the men’s department.
“We (Frost and coach Cheah Soon Kit) have had discussions with them. Both players have agreed to the split, but they’re not quitting the sport,” The Star quoted Frost as saying.
“The World Championships in Glasgow last month was their final platform to impress but they failed.” he added. The duo suffered early exit as they crashed out in second round to Korea’s Chung Eeu-seok-Kim Duk-young.
“This is the best option. There’s no point trying to force something that doesn’t work,” said Frost.
“We have worked hard with this doubles pair and turned every possible stone to revive their fortunes, but it’s simply not working.”
BAM will announce the official decision regarding Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong’s partnership after the Coaching and Training Committee (C&T) meeting which will be chaired by president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria. The meeting is set to take place next Monday.