Mixed doubles won’t be affected in shake-up, says Cheh Chang

KUALA LUMPUR: National mixed doubles head coach Pang Cheh Chang says the imminent national team shake-up will have no effect on his department.

The mixed doubles is the best-performing department with two pairs ranked in the top 10 – Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (No. 7) and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (No. 10).

Although Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are in 31st position, Cheh Chang and his assistants are working out a plan to get the Rio Olympic silver medallists back in the top 10 by the end of the year.

All six of them are aged between 24-30.

The remaining two pairs are made up of young combinations Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See, aged between 20-22.

On Thursday, newly-appointed coaching and training committee chairman Datuk Ng Chin Chai announced his plan to reduce the headcount in the national team which he claimed was excessively large but lacked quality.

Cheh Chang expects all the 10 players to stay and sees no reason to disrupt the already solid set-up.

“We have five pairs but I don’t think we’re going to be affected,” he said.

“We have a team of three coaches looking after a good mixture of established and up-and-coming combinations. It’s very solid at the moment.

“I’m actively looking to bring in another pair to join us, preferably 18-19 years of age. The ideal number is to have three senior and three junior pairs as we plan for the 2020 (Tokyo) and 2024 (Paris) Olympics.

“Chin Chai has given us a rough idea of how he wants the new-look national squad to be. But we will sit down with him to provide him with input and discuss how we can fit into his plans,” said Cheh Chang.

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