Fate of doubles players to be known on Tuesday

Lim Khim Wah (pictured) and Hoon Thien How will know if their resignations last month were accepted by BAM on Tuesday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Men’s doubles shuttlers Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah are still part of the national team, pending a meeting on Tuesday.

The duo, who resigned from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last month, were seen training with the national back-up boys under national coach Tan Kim Her at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

BAMs general manager Kenny Goh confirmed that the duo will attend a meeting with BAM’s newly-formed Exit Committee on Tuesday to discuss a few matters before their resignations can be endorsed.

“The committee was formed to look into cases of players wanting to leave the national team. The committee will discuss with Khim Wah and Thien How about their decisions to resign,” said Kenny.

“The committee will then decide whether to accept their resignation. If accepted, the committee will look into how to help these players as BAM want to look after their future too.”

Kenny said that the committee’s members are Datuk William Toh Ah Wah, Datuk Jasmy Ismail and Jadadish Chandra.

In 2009, national singles shuttler Tan Chun Seang was handed a two-year ban from all tournaments when he tendered his resignation. He rejoined the national team three months later.

In 2011, Chun Seang again quit the national team citing nagging knee injuries. This time he was handed a two-year ban from all international tournaments in Asia.

Others who resigned after Chun Seang in 2011 – Kuan Kam Chung (in 2011), Lim Fang Yang (2012), Misbun Ramdan Misbun (2013), Mohd Arif Abdul Latif (2013), Koo Kien Keat (2014), Loh Wei Sheng (2014), Ng Hui Ern (2014), Ng Hui Lin(2014) and Yang Li Lian (2015) – had no such problems.

BAM had, in 2011, ruled that any player who leaves the national team will not be penalised if he or she had done his or her part in representing the country in major tournaments like the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and Thomas Cup Finals.

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