V Shem toys with idea of reuniting with Wee Kiong for world meet

PETALING JAYA: Goh V Shem is open to reuniting with his Rio Olympics silver medal-winning partner Tan Wee Kiong for the World Championships in Huelva, Spain, from Dec 12-19.

Although they have parted ways, V Shem and Wee Kiong (pic)can still play in their fifth straight world meet together as they look set to be one of the three Malaysian men’s doubles pairs to qualify based on the Sept 21 cut-off date.

As things stand, world No. 13 V Shem-Wee Kiong are virtually assured of making the 48-pair cut alongside world No. 8 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and No. 15 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.

A nation may qualify a maximum of three singles or pairs, provided all of them are ranked in the top 24.

V Shem and Wee Kiong had announced their separation last month after seven glorious years together, with both seeking a fresh challenge with new partners.

V Shem has joined forces with Low Juan Shen while Wee Kiong is teaming up with Tan Kian Meng, who’s playing in the mixed doubles with Lai Pei Jing.

While Wee Kiong is still looking for sponsors, V Shem and Juan Shen had just secured a deal with Felet International Holdings Sdn Bhd and are set for the forthcoming three World Tour events in Europe next month.

With V Shem having sponsor obligations to fulfil now, it will be interesting to see if it will be viable for him and Wee Kiong to reunite in a one-off deal for the World Championships.

In terms of tournament commitment, V Shem will not have any tournament to play with Juan Shen during the world meet week.

“We’re still undecided. Only upon confirmation of the qualification, will I speak to Wee Kiong about it,” said V Shem.

“If we agree to go, then I’ll need to speak to my new sponsors if it’s okay for me to proceed.”

If V Shem-Wee Kiong decide to give up on the ticket, it will result in Malaysia losing one representation in the men’s doubles event because the unused quota would be handed to the next eligible pair in the world ranking.

Despite being the former world No. 1, V Shem-Wee Kiong have never done well in all their previous world meet appearances.

Their best was reaching the last 16 thrice, including the last edition in Basel where they went down 23-21, 11-21, 11-21 to Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia.

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