Tan and Tan eye Paris Olympics qualification

Fully committed: Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Tan Kian Meng are going to make their new partnership work.

PETALING JAYA: The new men’s doubles partnership of the Tans – Kian Meng and Wee Kiong are here to stay.

Independent shuttler Kian Meng has swatted aside any suggestions that his move to play with Wee Kiong was done purely for fun and that their act together would not last very long.

“I want to qualify in two events at the Paris Olympic Games. One is with my regular partner Lai Pei Jing in the mixed doubles and the other is with Wee Kiong in the men’s doubles,” said Kian Meng.

“I’m not teaming up with Wee Kiong for fun... we are going to make this partnership work.”

The 27-year-old Kian Meng will get to test his partnership with Wee Kiong for the first time at the Dutch Open from Oct 13-17 in Almere.

Their participation in the preceding Denmark Opens will depend on the entries of other pairs as they have been included as the sixth reserves.

In the mixed doubles, world No. 12 Kian Meng-Pei Jing will play in the Denmark Open main draw.

Kian Meng, who was asked to switch from singles to mixed doubles six years ago, admitted he lacked the experience playing in the men’s doubles but did not see it as a problem.

“I played in the singles without much luck. I’ve played in the doubles a couple of times with Low Juan Shen and Teo Ee Yi respectively but only in two or three tournaments,” he said.

“The longest has been with Pei Jing in mixed doubles and we’ve done well. I can manage two doubles events.

“It’s not hard to click with Wee Kiong.

“He is the master at the front court while I can dictate the pace from the back. We’ve been doing alright in training... we just need to test out this partnership.

“We are starting with a lower-ranked tournament like the Dutch Open to build up the momentum. We lost some precious time because of Covid-19 but we hope to catch up quickly.”

Kian Meng-Wee Kiong and other independent shuttlers are training under coach Chin Eei Hui at a badminton club in Petaling Jaya.

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