PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Goh V Shem has received a shot in the arm in his mission to prove that he is still relevant with new partner Low Juan Shen.
Felet International Holdings Sdn Bhd has come to their aid and will fund V Shem-Juan Shen’s trip to three back-to-back tournaments – Denmark Open in Odense from Oct 19-24, France Open (Oct 26-31) and German Open (Nov 2-7).
The 32-year-old V Shem is starting anew after his seven-year partnership with Tan Wee Kiong ended last month.
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists V Shem-Wee Kiong decided to go separate ways to start afresh with new partners to give them new excitement in the game.
Wee Kiong has decided to team up with Tan Kian Meng.
V Shem is grateful to Felet for their backing.
“I want to thank Felet for believing in us. They have given us a good offer to restart our careers,” said V Shem.
The trust that the sponsor have in them is commendable as V Shem has never played with Juan Shen before.
The fast-attacking V Shem has played with several other partners before Tan Wee Kiong like Lim Khim Wah, Teo Kok Seang, Vountus Indra Mawan and a few on an ad-hoc basis like Ong Jian Guo and Teo Ee Yi.
In fact, V Shem did well with Khim Wah when they won the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix Gold by upsetting top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boong Heong.
They then went on to win the 2014 Malaysia Open title after beating China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei in the final.
“After parting ways with Wee Kiong, I was looking for a partner and Juan Shen seems to be the right fit.
“He plays well at the front court,” said V Shem.
“Together, we hope to do well in the three Opens in Europe and show that we can still perform at high-level competitions.”
The duo were eligible to compete in the European tournaments due to the national ranking, where they were in the top 40 for a brief period.
They will however, have to start from scratch after that, and will be hoping to gain some valuable ranking points in Europe to get a head start.