Act on it fast, BWF

PETALING JAYA: No time to dilly-dally.

Independent shuttler Tan Wee Kiong, who forms the world No. 11 partnership with Goh V Shem, wants the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to come up with a quick back-up plan for shuttlers eyeing to qualify for the Olympic Games following the cancellation of the German Open.

We need to plan: Tan Wee Kiong (front) said there would be logistic difficulties for shuttlers if BWF do not give an immediate answer.We need to plan: Tan Wee Kiong (front) said there would be logistic difficulties for shuttlers if BWF do not give an immediate answer.

The March 9-14 event, sandwiched between the Swiss Open (March 2-7) and All-England (March 16-21), has been called off due to growing concerns over the Covid-19 cases in Europe.

The status of the other two tournaments are also uncertain although it’s still slated in the calendar.

The Opens in German and Switzerland are Olympics qualifiers.

Wee Kiong said there would be logistic difficulties for players if BWF do not give an immediate answer.

“We hope the world body come up with the best solution or make some kind of decision as soon as possible, ” said Wee Kiong.

“V Shem and I have made arrangements to compete in all three tournaments, now with the cancellation of the German Open, we are short of one Olympics qualifier.

“What do we do in between the Swiss Open and All-England?

“It’s tough for independent players in terms of finance.

“We know it’s hard for BWF to make a decision but they really need to react quickly.”

BWF via their media and communication manager Lloyd Green has assured that the world body are making attempts to solve the issue.

“No decisions on changes to qualifying have been made (after the cancellation of the German Open). We are working with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to finalise the Tokyo 2020 qualification system but we understand that additional changes could be needed, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Wee Kiong said he was open to the idea of partnering Vivian Hoo in the mixed doubles.

The country’s most senior woman doubles shuttler Vivian had requested for Wee Kiong after she was dropped from the national team last week.

“I’m open to Vivian’s suggestion but I do need to speak to her and also V Shem, ” he said.

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