PETALING JAYA: Is the Tokyo Olympics dream as good as over for reigning silver medallists Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong? (pic)That’s uncertain but the independent doubles shuttlers have certainly made life difficult after missing the entry deadline last Tuesday for the German Open from March 3-8 and All-England (March 11-15).
And the untimely mistake is going to cost V Shem-Wee Kiong dearly especially during this crucial time when they are scrambling for points to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
V Shem-Wee Kiong are currently 12th in the Race to Tokyo rankings — just two rungs below Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (10th).
They need to sneak into the top eight by the end of the one-year qualifying period on April 30 if they want to make the cut.
And to add to V Shem-Wee Kiong’s woes, they also have their revived fellow independent pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi to worry about.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi are back in the race after their Thailand Masters victory last week sent them to 13th in the standings.
V Shem-Wee Kiong have already missed out on the team selection to the Asian Team Championships in Manila this month and could find themselves in an even trickier position by the middle of March.
The next immediate tournament available for the duo is the Swiss Open from March 17-22, provided they enter their name on Feb 11!
The remaining tournaments left for them are the Indian Open (March 24-29), Malaysian Open (March 31-April 5), Singapore Open (Apr 7-12) and the Asian Badminton Championships in Wuhan, China, (April 21-26).
V Shem and Wee Kiong could not be reached for comments, but the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Datuk Kenny Goh confirmed that the pair had submitted their entry late.
Kenny said they assisted the pair by filing an appeal to the Badminton World Federation (BWF), but it was unsuccessful.
“V Shem-Wee Kiong have overlooked the deadline and submitted their entry late, ” said Kenny.
“They sought our help to appeal and we assisted them immediately.
“We thought they might get in, given their reputation and the appeal was made before the entry list was made public yesterday (Jan 31).
“We sent three emails to BWF but they insisted they would not entertain late submissions. “Nowadays, BWF are very strict with the closing date... that’s understandable.”
In V Shem-Wee Kiong’s absence, Malaysia will be represented by last year’s runners-up Aaron-Wooi Yik, Yew Sin-Ee Yi and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani in the men’s doubles event at the All-England.
The others are Lee Zii Jia (men’s singles); Soniia Cheah (women’s singles); Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen (women’s doubles); and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles). The All-England draw will be made on Feb 18.
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