PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have come out with another plan to salvage their hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games after wasting a chance to collect valuable ranking points due to their own blunder recently.
They have signed up for the Swiss Open in Basel from March 17-22 after missing the deadline for the German Open (March 3-8) and All-England (March 11-15).
V Shem-Wee Kiong said it was an oversight to miss the two important tournaments in Europe as they had been busy trying to chase Olympic points at the back-to-back Masters in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand last month.
Said V Shem: “It was a mistake on our part. We were busy focusing on the three tournaments, and then, it was Chinese New Year. We missed the deadline.”
“We tried to appeal but it was too late. Now, we have entered our names for the Swiss Open.
“In order to make up for lost opportunities, V Shem said it would be best to win at the Swiss Open.
“Wee Kiong and I have not given up hope on qualifying for the Olympics.
“I believe we still have a chance to have two Malaysian pairs in the Olympics, ” said V Shem.
“But we have to start winning, ” he added.
The remaining tournaments left for them are the Indian Open (March 24-29), Malaysian Open (March 31-April 5), Singapore Open (April 7-12) and the Asian Badminton Championships in Wuhan, China, (April 21-26).
Wee Kiong added: “We’ve wasted two opportunities but we will use the time at home to train harder. We’re still hopeful to make the Olympic cut.”
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists are ranked 12th in the world in the Road to Tokyo ranking list.
Two rungs ahead of them are national No. 1 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and one rung below them are Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin.
A country can have two pairs if both of them are ranked in the top eight when the one-year qualifying period ends on April 30.
It does not matter who but it’s our hope that two pairs will make the cut for Malaysia. This healthy rivalry is good as it will push us, ” added V Shem.
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