Vivian Hoo (front) and Woon Khe Wei will represent Malaysia in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. - M AZHAR ARIF/The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttlers Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei will be out to put the women’s doubles event back in the spotlight at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 23-Aug 3.
Four years ago at the Games in New Delhi, Malaysia failed to keep their tradition alive in the women’s doubles when national No. 1 Wong Pei Tty who partnered Chin Eei Hui, missed the games through injury.
The paved the way for Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa to become India’s first women’s doubles champions.
Vivian said that they are determined to wrest the title in Glasgow.
“Our opponents are from Singapore, India and England and I believe that there is a fair chance for us to come good in our first Games. I am quite excited to play in my first Commonwealth Games with Khe Wei,” said Vivian.
“Our training has been good and physically we are in good shape and there are no worries of any injuries.
“It is important to have the right attitude going into the Games. One should not be over anxious but go into every match with a positive mind. “Hopefully, we will return with some good results – just like how we did at the SEA Games.”
The duo did well at the Myanmar Games when they defied the odds to end the country’s four-year wait for a gold medal.
The others for Glasgow are Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon, Lai Pei Jing, Tee Jing Yi and Lim Yin Loo.
Malaysia won four golds in New Delhi through Chong Wei (men’s singles), Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (men’s doubles), Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui (mixed doubles) and the mixed team event.