KUALA LUMPUR: Fatherhood will be the motivation for national doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat to turn around his flagging career this year.
The 28-year-old, who married Audrey Tan last year, is set to become a proud father. His wife is due in April.
And with the baby on its way, Kien Keat is looking very positive to restore his fortunes in badminton with his loyal partner Tan Boon Heong.
“I am quite excited to become a father. It means more changes and responsibility but I am looking forward to the juggling act (of striking a balance between family and badminton),” said Kien Keat after a training session on Monday.
“I hope to make my child and family proud by doing well in badminton. I have to admit that there have not been much good results for me of late and I hope to get back to the top,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is optimistic the healthy rivalry between Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem will revive Malaysia’s fortunes this season.
Malaysia have been starved off major Open titles from the men’s doubles department over the last three years.
Thien How-Wee Kiong defeated Khim Wah-V Shem in a closely-fought final in the National Grand Prix Finals at Putrajaya last month, sparking a promise that the country’s second and third-ranked pairs are set to snap at each other’s heels this year.
The two pairs will get to show who are better when they begin their campaigns in the season-opener Korean Open in Seoul on Wednesday.
Here is more good news for Indian badminton. Aditya Joshi, who trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore, has become world No 1 in the Badminton World Federation’s junior rankings.
The 17-year-old from Madhya Pradesh tops the chart ahead of Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan and China’s Zhao Jun Peng. Joshi has made steady progress in recent times, according to Vimal Kumar, former national coach. He won the national junior title last May beating Kerala’s Arun George.
Aditya’s father Atul Joshi is an SAI badminton coach in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh. His brother Pratul is a well known player, who made headlines two years ago when he shocked former world champion Taufiq Hidayat in the Indian Open.
KUALA LUMPUR: National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz has recommended mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying to go for surgery.
Dr Ramlan, however, said he would leave it to Liu Ying to make the final decision.
Liu Ying, who is suffering from a nagging right knee injury, went to see Dr Ramlan yesterday to seek his advice on her condition.
“Liu Ying’s problem now is no longer about performances. It is a clinical issue that requires an immediate solution. I told her that the best option is to go for surgery. The longer she delays the decision, the worse it will become,” said Dr Ramlan.