PETALING JAYA: Malaysia suffered one of their worst boys’ doubles outings in the World Junior Championships in Markham, Canada, when all their medal hopefuls were wiped out in the second round.
Chia Wei Jie-Choong Hon Jian went down 15-21, 19-21 to seventh seeds Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin of Indonesia and Chua Yue Chern-Lwi Sheng Hao were outplayed 14-21, 13-21 by Thailand’s Apichasit Teerawwat-Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the second round on Tuesday.
Both pairs received first round byes.
The boys’ doubles used to be Malaysia’s forte but the continuos decline in the standard is a cause for concern for Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Malaysia is the most successful nation in the boys’ doubles at the world juniors having produced seven champions since the tournament’s inception in 1992. The previous winners were Jeremy Gan-Chan Chong Ming (1996), Chong Ming-Teo Kok Seng (1998), Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong (2004), Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang (2008), Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming (2009), Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng (2010) and Nelson Heg-Teo Ee Yi (2011).
But unfortunately since 2011, no shuttlers have gone beyond the quarter-finals.
BAM development committee chairman David Wee said the absence of their top doubles shuttler Chang Yee Jun had diluted their strength. Yee Jun was slapped with a four-month suspension for gambling last month.
“It’s unfortunate that the boys’ doubles has turned out to be our weakest department,” said David. “Our strongest player Yee Jun was suspended due to a disciplinary problem. He was our best bet to win medals not only in the boys’ doubles but in the mixed doubles as well.
“But I’m sure we will bounce back as we have several promising players in the 16-17 age group who are able to rise to the challenge.”
National junior coach Kwan Yoke Meng believes Yue Chern-Sheng Hao have picked up invaluable lesson in their debut and will come back stronger next year.
“This is a junior tournament of the highest level and they know now how much they need to catch up,” said Yoke Meng.
“Hopefully, they take notice of their weaknesses, train harder and return next year as world-beaters. Both are still 17 and can still play next year.”
Meanwhile, all others – Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin, Ng Tze Yong (boys’ singles), Youth Olympic Games gold medallist Goh Jin Wei, Eoon Qi Xuan (girls’ singles); and Toh Ee Wei-Pearly Tan Koong Le made it to the third round.
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