KUALA LUMPUR – The country’s top men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong are expected to miss the Indonesian Open following an injury to Wee Kiong, suffered during the Sudirman Cup competition last week.
National men’s doubles coach Jeremy Gan said the decision to rest the men’s doubles pair was to enable Wee Kiong to undergo rehabilitation process before preparing for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland from Aug 21 to 27.
“We will monitor Wee Kiong’s condition, especially his injured knee. There is pain when he goes through rigorous training, especially jumping smash. He is currently undergoing physiotherapy. We hope he can recover quickly to focus on training for the World Championships,” he told reporters after a training session at the Academy Badminton Malaysia, here today.
V Shem-Wee Kiong were supposed to compete in two Super Series events, namely the Indonesian Open and Australian Open before heading to Glasgow for the World Championships.
In the Sudirman Cup competition, Malaysia lost 1-3 to Japan in the quarterfinals.
The performance of the pair who had won the men’s doubles silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year has not been encouraging recently, drawing criticism from various parties to split the pair.
However, according to Jeremy Gan, there was no problem between V Shem and Wee Kiong but the pair had lost focus due to some unforeseen circumstances.
“There was a lack of focus in training since V Shem was preparing for his wedding but everything is back to normal and both a focused on their task. What is important is that we know what was the problem. We need the fans to continue supporting them,” he said.
The pair who were very recently ranked world number one have since dropped to sixth spot after losing at the quarterfinal stage in the All England, India Open and Singapore Open. – BERNAMA