PETALING JAYA: National badminton doubles coach Lim Pek Siah(pic) has made one change to the women’s doubles line-up following the resignation of Singapore SEA Games champion Amelia Anscelly.
A few more changes are expected soon.
Amelia, who won the women’s doubles gold with Soong Fie Cho in Singapore two years ago, resigned on Monday citing frequent change of her partners.
Fie Cho suffered a knee injury in January last year and Amelia was paired up with Teoh Mei Xing.
Then, at the National Championships in Ipoh in February, Amelia partnered Goh Yea Ching. The pair crashed out in the first round. Amelia has since taken a break due to a heel injury.
The final straw for Amelia came when she found out that the coaching team were thinking of teaming her up with a new partner when she returns from injury.
Yea Ching has now been teamed up with Mei Xing and they will compete in the Smiling Fish International Series in Trang, Thailand, from May 1-6.
Pek Siah said that her main task is to groom junior shuttlers.
“Amelia was without a regular partner after Fie Choo injured her knee. Amelia was given the task of guiding junior players,” said Pek Siah.
“We teamed her up with younger players as we wanted to see which partnership would make the best impact.
“As a coach, my focus is on guiding the juniors. I had to find the best fit.
“It’s unfortunate that Amelia was injured and could not handle the task of guiding the juniors. I’ll leave her decision to quit to (national technical director) Morten Frost and the coaching and training committee.”
The other players under Pek Siah’s tutelage are Tee Jing Yi, Fie Cho, Joyce Choong Wai Chi, Lim Jae Lynn, Lim Chiew Sien and Tan Sueh Jeou.
The senior pairs – Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen and Chin Kah Min-Yap Zhen – train under national coach Wong Pei Tty.