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by rajes paul
Goh V Shem (right) and Lim Khim Wah in a file photo. V Shem will now be paired with former partner Teo Kok Siang, while Khim Wah will pair up with Ow Yao Han.
KUALA LUMPUR: There are no more world junior champions in the men’s doubles department.
This is because national doubles coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang have split up six pairs to form new partnerships, which they believe will be the winning combinations for the future.
Paulus and Cheh Chang have broken up the partnership of two former world junior champions – Teo Ee Yi-Nelson Heg Wei Keat (2011) and Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming (2009).
Ee Yi will now start his new journey with Kah Ming while the immensely talented Yao Han will partner Lim Khim Wah.
Khim Wah’s previous partner Goh V Shem has now been reunited with 2008 world junior champion Teo Kok Siang.
V Shem and Kok Siang used to be partners for a year before they were split up due to Kok Siang's knee injury.
Yew Hong Kheng, who won the world junior title with Yao Han in 2010, will be paired up with Tan Yi Jiun.
The others in the list are Wei Keat-Tan Wee Gieen and Tai An Khang-Low Juan Shen.
The country’s top two pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, who are currently participating in the ongoing Denmark Open – have been left untouched.
One player missing from the list is Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid, who will now focus on the mixed doubles.
Paulus said that they had put a lot of thought behind the changes.
“I had a lot of discussions with Pang and we decided on the changes after looking at every individual’s strength and techniques. We felt that tweaking the partnerships was the way to go,” said Paulus.
“Based on our assessment, we find that V Shem’s suitable partner is Kok Siang. Kok Siang is no longer troubled by his knee injury and we believe they can strike it right again.
“We also discussed at length our world junior champions. As juniors, they had learned from each other and done well. Now, it’s time to take their performances to another level and, we think, a change will do them good.”
Cheh Chang was happy that the players had been receptive to the changes.
“Paulus and I spent a lot of hours with each of the new pairs. We informed them of the reasons behind the changes. It is important for the players to know and understand,” said Cheh Chang.
In fact, the coaches were happy that the new pairs did not pull their punches during the national ranking tournament that is under way at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.
“The rankings will give us an idea as to where these pairs stand among themselves. It will also help us decide who to send for future tournaments,” said Paulus.
The players’ first assignment will be the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching from Nov 12-17.
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badminton, doubles, pairs, Paulus Firman, Pang Cheh Chang, Teo Ee Yi, Nelson Heg Wei Keat, Ow Yao Han, Chooi Kah Ming, Goh V Shem, Teo Kok Siang
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