PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has decided to part ways with senior players Soniia Cheah (women's singles); Goh Soon Huat, Shevon Lai and Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles); and Vivian Hoo (women's doubles).
BAM said that the decision was taken following meticulous and detailed assessment after the Asian legs of the BWF World Tour campaign in Bangkok in January.
"A thorough performance review of our national players was conducted. The entirety of BAM gives sincere thanks to these players for their commitment, dedication and immense contribution to the country over the years," it said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 7).
Aside from this, Ter Chun Long and Low Eu Cong from the men's singles department as well as Ching Kai Feng and Ooi Jhy Dar from the men's doubles department have been released.
Strict orders have also been issued, particularly to the coaches of men's singles and women's singles, to improve the performances of every player under their guidance.
Their immediate target will be the forthcoming European circuit, including the All-England in March, after which another review will be conducted.
Additionally, shuttlers Tan Kian Meng and Yap Cheng Wen have been given a new opportunity to prove themselves with stern instructions to show rapid progress.
The move is certainly unexpected, especially for mixed doubles pairing Soon Huat-Shevon since they were semi-finalists in the BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok.
BAM also announced they were promoting a total of eight probation players – Wyman Goh, Lee Shun Yang, Shaqeem Eiman (men's singles); K. Letshanaa (women's singles); Yap Roy King, Nurfirdaus Azman, Loo Bing Kun and Lwi Sheng Hao (men's doubles) to the national back-up squad.
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