Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem should be given a chance to flourish as a doubles pair after their good showing in the Thomas Cup and Commonwealth Games recently. - GLENN GUAN/ The Star
GLASGOW: Let’s welcome Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem as Malaysia’s future No. 1 men doubles pair.
Their wish to be kept as a permanent pair is set to be granted after living up to the expectations by winning the men’s doubles gold medal – and bringing the curtain down on Malaysia’s campaign at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with a perfect ending.
On Sunday, Wee Kiong-V Shem did the country proud when they defeated Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart of Singapore 21-12, 12-21, 21-15 in the men’s doubles final at the Emirates Arena to win the country’s sixth and last gold medal of the Games.
It was also badminton’s third gold medal.
Thanks to their success, Malaysian badminton extended its good tradition in the Games. Malaysia have won gold medals in the men’s doubles event in every Commonwealth Games since 1990 in Auckland.
The Commonwealth Games is only Wee Kiong-V Shem’s second major tournament as a pair but they played like seasoned pros.
The duo were thrown together for the first time at the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi in May and they performed beyond expectations to deliver crucial points for Malaysia in most of the ties.
Now, they have proved that their partnership is not a fluke.
“I hope we will stick together after this. We may not have played in many tournaments but we have produced reasonably good results. I hope that we will play together after the World Championships,” said V Shem.
V Shem and Wee Kiong will resume their original partnerships with Lim Khim Wah and Hoon Thien How respectively after the Glasgow Games.
Reigning Malaysian Open champions V Shem-Khim Wah and current national No. 1 pair Wee Kiong-Thien How have qualified for the world meet in Copenhagen from Aug 25-31 together with Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.
“We will give our best with our regular partners at the world meet. Hopefully, after that, the coaches will do the necessary changes,” said V Shem.
Wee Kiong said he would leave it up to the coaches to decide on the partnership, although he agreed that “V Shem and I can go far”.
“We defeated the Singaporeans to win the gold for Malaysia but it wasn’t one of our best performances,” said Wee Kiong.
“We lost focus in the second game. We need to be more consistent if we are partnered together. Then, we can go even further.”
If everything goes well, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are expected to field V Shem-Wee Kiong again as Malaysia’s main medal prospects at the Asian Games in South Korea next month.