Liu Ying’s plea reaches Lund’s ears

  • Badminton
  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have heard the voice of Goh Liu Ying on her concerns over the Olympics qualifying process for mixed doubles shuttlers.

And they will act on it, said Thomas Lund, the world body’s secretary-general.

Liu Ying, who forms the country’s No. 1 mixed doubles partnership with Chan Peng Soon, said the BWF’s recent decision to make an exception for China and Hong Kong to earn Olympic points from the Asia Team Championships, in their revised calendar next year, would be unfair to other mixed doubles players.

All top Asian countries, except for China and Hong Kong, had competed in this year’s Asia Team meet in Manila, which had doubled up as the Olympics and Thomas-Uber Cup Finals qualifiers.

China and Hong Kong were barred from entering the Philippines due to the Covid-19 safety measures and they missed out on a chance to get Olympics points.

Liu Ying said it was noble of the world body to give the two countries another shot but pointed out that the format of next year’s Asia meet would be different.

Instead of the Thomas-Uber Cup team format, it would be a Sudirman Cup (mixed team event) format which would give mixed doubles players from China and Hong an advantage.

Hong Kong’s top pair Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet especially, will benefit as they are ranked ninth in the Road to Tokyo Race. Malaysia’s three pairs – Peng Soon-Liu Ying (7th), Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (11th) and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (13th) are all fighting to get into the top eight so two of them can make the Olympics cut.

“Liu Ying has raised a fair question. We’ve heard what she has to say. This (plan to give China and Hong Kong a chance to get Olympic qualifying points at next year’s Asia meet) will be discussed internally and will be further reviewed,” said Lund.
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