KUALA LUMPUR – Two more national shuttlers, Hoon Thien How/Lim Khim Wah, the country’s second ranked men’s doubles pair have decided to exit the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable.
BAM general manager Kenny Goh who confirmed the decision of the duo said both players had submitted their resignation letter on Wednesday.
“Both players had stated in their letters that they felt they cannot progress any further with the National team. They stated that they needed a rest and would take a break before deciding on their future,” Goh told reporters when met at Wisma OCM, here Thursday.
With the exit of Thien How-Khim Wah, the BAM will be left with only one competent men’s doubles pair in Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong.
Thien How had in the past partnered Tan Boon Heong while Khim Wah was Ow Yao Han’s partner.
It is believed that the BAM would not take any action against Thien How and Khim Wah for walking out of the BAM since both have contributed vastly to the Nation.
Meanwhile, BAM deputy president Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria said he was shocked when informed of the duo’s decision to quit.
“I am shocked. This is a shocking news. I will basically try to contact them to find out the real reason behind their decision to leave the BAM. We cannot blame the players if they feel that is the right decision for them,” he said.
Thien How had partnered Boon Heong to win the Junior World title in 2004 while Khim Wah had won the Malaysian Open Super Series title with V Shem, last year.
The duo’s exit comes hot on the trail of four other players, namely Ng Hui Ern, Ng Hui Lin (women’s doubles), Ong Jian Guo (mixed doubles) and Yang Li Lian (women’s singles), who have decided to quit BAM recently. – Bernama