KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi may have been shown the exit by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) but they have not given up hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The pair were among seven shuttlers axed by the BAM yesterday for their lacklustre form.
The world No. 19, who broke into the top 20 of the world rankings in August 2017, have struggled to make progress since.
Throughout last year, they failed to make any semi-final appearances with the exception of the Malaysian Masters in January when they finished runners-up to Indonesia’s world No. 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
“We are sad but at the same time we want to thank BAM because they have supported us since we were young. In my case, since I was 13 while studying at the Bukit Jalil Sports School, ” said Ee Yi.
“The fact is that without BAM we wouldn’t be where we are now. They have taken good care of us from our education, top competitions, great facilities and coaches.
“We will miss our second home especially the coaches and teammates.”
Ee Yi believes that they have no time to be sad and they want to focus on the upcoming Malaysian (7-12), Indonesian (14-19) and Thailand Masters (21-26) this month.
“Even though we will be leaving, BAM will continue to support us for tournaments until end of January.
“We hope to do well as after January we will have to find our own sponsors in our bid to qualify for the Olympics.
“We still have a chance to claim a ticket and we’re not giving up.”
They are currently in a three-horse race with national pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (world No. 8) and independent pair of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (No. 10) for a place in Tokyo.
A country can only send a maximum of two pairs should both of them are in the top eight of the world rankings by the end of the qualification period on April 30.
At the Malaysian Masters, Yew Sin-Ee Yi Sin have a tough opener against India’s world No. 12 Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil next week.
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