BAM: Excluding the pros a strictly professional decision

KUALA LUMPUR: Professional men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and mixed doubles shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have not been chosen for the Sudirman Cup despite their better positions in the world rankings.

And this move to exclude them is not done out of spite, stressed the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

The BAM’s coaching and training committee chairman Datuk Ng Chin Chai said they decided to omit the experienced pairs, who walked out of the national team early this year, in favour of their own young players in the national team for the World Mixed Team Championship in Nanning, China, from May 19-26.

Said Chin Chai: “We left out the professional players because they are already nearing their 30s, not so much because they are professionals (non-BAM players).

“We wanted to go with fresh faces with a mix of seniors and youths.

“Our mixed doubles player Goh Soon Huat is the most senior at 28, while the rest are below 26.

“And because we have no chance to win the title, we’ve decided to field the young players to give them a shot.”

Peng Soon was disappointed as he and Liu Ying would miss an opportunity to gain some valuable Olympic qualification points.

“The Sudirman Cup is the first major tournament that offers Olympic points during the one-year qualification period from May to April next year.

“We’re a bit disappointed that we were left out and can’t represent the country,” said Peng Soon.

“But we will stay positive and depend on ourselves to fight for our place in our bid to carry the Malaysian flag in the Olympics.”

Ng Chin Chai , Badminton , Chan Peng Soon