MERITOCRACY is a dying word in Malaysian sports. And it will be dead and buried as long as mediocrity is tolerated.
For how else can one describe the situation with Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.
Is there hope for the duo – or Malaysian badminton, in general.
Based on their performances in the Sudirman Cup, Kien Keat-Boong Heong are definitely living on borrowed time.
Their uninspiring performance against Taiwan’s unheralded pair of Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin clearly sums up their slow and steady fall from grace.
Technically, the duo still have three months to salvage whatever pride there is left and restore the fans’ faith and interest in them.
To do that, the pair will need to work their socks off in the next 90 days and finish their career on a high at the World Championships in August in Guangzhou.