Goh miffed with world body after missing Tour Finals


Out of the race: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying failed to qualify for the World Tour Finals after skipping two tournaments in Denmark.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying can forget about qualifying for the US$1.5mil (RM6.23mil) World Tour Finals from Nov 25-29.

The world No. 7 have found themselves out of the race after deciding to skip the Denmark Open from Oct 13-18 and Denmark Masters from Oct 20-25, both in Odense, because of the Covid-19 pandemic concerns.

But little did they know that their decision had made them ineligible for the prestigious Finals, which will feature only the top-eight ranked players in every event after the completion of regular World Tour season.

Under the World Badminton Federation’s (BWF) new rule, players must now compete in their revised five-event World Tour to be eligible.

The world body have scrapped their existing top players commitments regulation for the remainder of 2020, but had imposed a condition that players qualifying for the Finals must participate in the European and Asian legs.

The duo are only planning to make a comeback for the remaining two Asian legs in November.

Liu Ying said she was only made aware of the condition that was stated in a notice that was published alongside with the adjusted World Tour calendar by BWF on Aug 27.

“I have just found out,” admitted Liu Ying, whose hopes of making an appearance in the Finals with Peng Soon have now been dashed.

“There’s nothing we can do about it now.

“But I still feel that it’s not right for the BWF to require all players to commit in all the remaining tournaments, considering the ongoing uncertainties.

“I’m sure that all players are facing the same predicament. I can foresee more players getting disqualified along the way.”

If not for the the world body’s new ruling, Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who are currently ranked 15th in the race to the Finals, would have had a chance to make the top eight cut.

The other Malaysians in the running are Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie at the sixth and seventh in the mixed doubles respectively; Lee Zii Jia (fifth, men’s singles); Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (third and fourth, men’s doubles).

A whopping US$120,000 (RM503,000) and US$126,000 (RM529,000) are up for grabs for the singles and doubles winners.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

88% readers found this article insightful

Next In Badminton

M'sian doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah crowned Swiss Open champions
Top seeds Peng Soon-Liu Ying tumble out of q-finals
Zii Jia and Kian Meng-Pei Jing falter in semi-final stage
Doubles pair Aaron-Wooi Yik stumbles at semi-finals of Swiss Open
Badminton: Kian Meng-Pei Jing storm into semi-finals at Swiss Open
Mixed fortunes
Badminton: Hang Yee-Eng Cheong pull off biggest upset of career to reach Swiss Open quarter-finals
Kian Meng-Pei Jing vow to repay sponsors’ faith in them with good show
China’s top shuttlers’ first outing could be the Malaysian Open
Yew Sin-Ee Yi through to the quarter-finals

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers