Fatherhood leaves V Shem, Wee Kiong in predicament


Proud father: Doubles shuttler Goh V Shem with his wife Wong Pui Mei and baby girl Reyna.

KUALA LUMPUR: Being a father during the Covid-19 pandemic has made the task more difficult. Just ask Malaysia’s top doubles star Goh V Shem.

V Shem, who became a proud dad to baby girl Reyna Goh on Aug 30, is in a predicament.

In this difficult time and as a safety precaution, he may not represent Malaysia at the Thomas Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark.

His partner Tan Wee Kiong is also expecting his second child next month, which coincides with the Finals from Oct 3-11. After the Finals, the duo are slated to take part in two Opens in Denmark from Oct 13-18 and Oct 20-25 respectively.

V Shem said he would discuss with Wee Kiong before making a decision.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia have asked the 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medal winners V Shem-Wee Kiong and another independent pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi to consider playing at the Finals.

“BAM want us but Wee Kiong and I have yet to decide,” said V Shem when met at the launching of the Purple League Junior at the Golden Screen Cinemas Hall 18 in Mid Valley yesterday.

“There is concern over Covid-19 and I’ve just become a father. It’s tough to leave my baby and wife at this time,” said V Shem.

“Then, there is the 14-day quarantine that we are subjected to when we return home. There is also the risk with all these travelling ... I’m thinking of my baby.

“If both of us are not comfortable, we will turn down the offer. But if we decide to go, then, this is the sacrifice we have to make (leaving the family behind).”

If they stay at home, Malaysia will have to depend on Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Ee Yi-Yew Sin and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani to keep the flag flying in the doubles.

The BAM have to submit the list of shuttlers to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) before Sept 18.

V Shem, who skipped the ongoing motivation camp for the Thomas-Uber Cup training squad in Tioman island, said he has been enjoying his time with his baby.

“The last few days have been wonderful. I hardly had time for anything else. In Chinese, Reyna’s name means knowledgeable, elegant and graceful,” he said.

“Only after naming her, we found out that in Spanish, it also means queen,” said a beaming V Shem, who intends to make her daughter proud by making the cut for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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