Goh V Shem had to withdraw from the second round of the World Championships because of a back problem on Wednesday.
COPENHAGEN: Doubles shuttler Goh V Shem has been sent home on Thursday with a piece of advice – to be more open about his physical condition in the future.
V Shem-Lim Khim Wah had to concede a walkover to Taiwan’s Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin at 11-21, 7-21.
V Shem has apparently been having the pain since the quarter-final match of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Then, he had braved the pain to combine with Tan Wee Kiong to win the gold medal at the Games.
National coach Pang Cheh Chang said that he had told V Shem to alert him immediately if there’s any pain next time.
“A doctor here has taken a look at his condition and there’s swelling. It is not serious though. Anyway, V Shem will head home and will get treatment at the NSI (National Sports Institute),” said Cheh Chang.
“V Shem is one who can handle pain. He is young and can tolerate it. But I also don’t want him to wait until it becomes serious.
“He informed me about the stiffness on his back after the Commonwealth Games and we got the masseur to look into it. I did not hear anything about it until on the eve of the unfortunate incident.
“Maybe, he thought it was nothing and did not realise that it could become serious if not looked into properly.”
Cheh Chang, however, said that the injury is not serious and should not affect V Shem’s preparation for the Asian Games, which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4.