Kuala Lumpur: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong once seemed headed for badminton stardom, after winning the men’s doubles silver medal in Rio Olympic Games, the Denmark Open title and the World Superseries Finals in Dubai title in December of 2016. However, the 2017 season has been a subpar season for the pair filled with several early exits including defeated by Korean scratch pair Chung Eeu-seok/Kim Duk-young in the second round of the World Championships in Glasgow three weeks ago.
After the World Championships, they were dropped from participating in Korean and Japan Open while waiting for the decision from Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) about the future of their partnership.
On Saturday, BAM have finally reached a verdict to end Goh/Tan’s doubles partnership, and to pair them up with their juniors.
“We were expecting V Shem and Wee Kiong to have an impressive run at the World Championships, but they continued to disappoint,” said technical director of BAM Morten Frost.
Badminton fans in Malaysia were already anticipating the potential breakup from the pair as Tan Wee Kiong has travelled to Vietnam on Thursday to talk to men’s doubles head coach Cheah Soon Kit about his new partner while Goh V Shem had said he had given up on his partnership on the same day.
“We’ve tried everything we can to resurrect their careers, but that didn’t work out. Soon Kit and I had thorough discussions with V Shem and Wee Kiong, and both of them agreed to be split up,” added Frost.
“Soon Kit and I are thinking to pair them up with younger players, we will finalized their new partners during BAM’s coaching and training committee (C&T) meeting on Sept 18,” said Frost.
There’s no word yet who they will be paired up with, but the 2017 Malaysian Masters runners-up Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin Rumsani are at the top of the list as potential partners for the former World No. 1 pair.