BAM give V Shem-Wee Kiong time to think things over


Take your time: BAM are giving Malaysian top pair Goh V Shem and Tan wee Kiong (right) a chance to decide what is best for their future.

KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have been given some time to think over their future as a pair.

The duo had a meeting with doubles head coach Cheah Soon Kit and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost yesterday.

The meeting was held to decide on the future of V Shem-Wee Kiong after their premature exit at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, last week.

The world No. 5 went down 18-21, 16-21 to scratch pair Chung Eeu-seok-Kim Duk-young of South Korea.

Soon Kit described the meeting with V Shem and Wee Kiong as “positive”, although no decision was made.

The players have been given time to mull over the two options given to them.

One is that they continue to play together, but they must accept that some changes will be made to help improve their partnership.

The other option is for them to be split up.

“The players are open to the changes, but they need time to think it over.

“It’s not a decision that can be made in a day,” said Soon Kit when interviewed yesterday.

If V Shem-Wee Kiong decide to stick together, they will probably be given a time frame to prove themselves at international tournaments.

The changes mentioned could be to their training structure.

Since Soon Kit was made head coach for the national team last month, V Shem-Wee Kiong have been training under him and their coach Jeremy Gan.

Should V Shem and Wee Kiong decide to part ways, the coaches will then have to find suitable partners for them.

It will also result in them having to withdraw from the Korean Open (Sept 12-17) and Japan Open (Sept 19-24).

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