PETALING JAYA: These are trying times for mixed doubles shuttler Chan Peng Soon.
With his world ranking on the wane, the 27-year-old knows that he could be looking at a reduced allowance from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) come September.
Peng Soon and his mixed doubles partner Goh Liu Ying are now ranked 48th in the world – a far cry from their career-high of No. 3.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying have now fallen behind youngsters Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing (No. 40), Tan Chee Tean-Shevon Lai Jemie (No. 43) and Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan (No. 45) in the Olympic qualifying race.
To make matters worse, an unfavourable draw at the ongoing Taiwan Open has seen the pair meeting second seeds Xu Chen-Ma Jin of China in the first round. And, as expected, the Malaysian pair lost 16-21, 21-23.
That means they could slip further down the rankings – and take home only RM2,500 under the new BAM incentive scheme.
Under BAM’s new salary and incentive scheme, the shuttlers’ world rankings will determine how much they get to take home monthly.
Shuttlers ranked out of the top-64 bracket can expect to take home just RM2,500.
“It’s certainly worrying because, unlike most of my team-mates, I have a family to care for and my monthly expenses are a lot higher,” said Peng Soon, whose wife May May is pregnant with their second child. The couple has a four-year-old son, Milton Chan.
“It was just unfortunate that we had to face Xu Chen-Ma Jin in the first round in Taiwan,” added Peng Soon.
“But that’s over now ... we have to look ahead and focus on our next tournament and improve our results. We have the Russian Open (July 21-26) next and it’s a good chance to do well there.”
Peng Soon-Liu Ying have a chance to shine at the Russian Open – a GP event that won’t feature all the top pairs in the world.
The Malaysians are unseeded and will meet local pair Gordey Kosenko-Olga Lipkina in the first round. They should make the quarter-finals, where they are expected to meet top seeds Phillip Chew-Jamie Subandhi of the US.