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Monday August 26, 2013 MYT 5:31:00 PM
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by rajes paul
Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong put up a good fight before going down to four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round of the World Championships in Guangzhou, China. The pair are unclear why they were dropped from the squad going for the Japan Open.
KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles shuttler Hoon Thien How is disappointed that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have poured cold water on the plan to play in the Japan Open from Sept 17-22.
The only players confirmed for the Japan Open are world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei and top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.
Last year, Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong did well to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open. If they skip it, they will lose a substantial amount of world ranking points and they will likely drop from their current 12th position.
What is more disappointing is that Thien How does not know the reason for their omission. They were one of the three pairs named for the Super Series event. The others were Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem.
Except for Thien How, the others are currently involved in the ongoing Indian Badminton League (IBL) in New Delhi.
“All the players are in the dark. We were just told that the management is new and this is their directive. I was looking forward to playing in the Japan Open after the World Championships (in Guangzhou). Wee Kiong and I did quite okay to give our opponents a worthy fight,” he said.
In Guangzhou, Wee Kiong and Thien How put up a good fight before going down to four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round.
Thien How is one of the many national players currently restless about their future plans in the national team.
Since elected as BAM president, Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff has not met any of the current national players or gathered any feedback from them. He has been busy with other groundwork in the running of the national body.
Tengku Mahaleel has met with some key people in the sports fraternity. He has sought the help of former internationals and in fact former Thomas Cupper Tan Aik Mong has acted on behalf of him to meet national coaches in a series of meetings.
The only coaches whom Aik Mong has yet to meet are national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bock, both of whom had been occupied with the World Championships and are currently involved in the IBL.
Aik Mong’s last meeting with the coaches on Monday was to get reports from them on why they would want to send their players for the Japan Open, Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold from Sept 24-29 and the Malaysian International Under-19 championships from Sept 10-15.
Tengku Mahaleel is expected to unveil his plans on Sept 7 during the council meeting.
Although the 26-year-old Thien How is anxious about BAM’s plans, he hopes that his partnership with Wee Kiong would be retained.
“As players we accept any decision but for now, we are just anxious about our future because we do not know what to expect. They have scrapped some international programmes and we do not know what else to expect,” he said.
“For now, all I can do is continue training. The World Championships in Guangzhou have shown me that I can go far in badminton but at the same time, I know the specific areas that I need to improve. I am working on my physical condition.”
National doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her had pointed out that if Thien How was slimmer and fitter, he could go far with Wee Kiong.
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