Kuala Lumpur: After a slightly more than two month’s breakup, the Malaysian duo Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong will be reunited in early next year. Their current partners, the 2017 SEA Games silver medalists Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi will also renew their partnership for few tournaments in 2018.
The honorary secretary of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Ng Chin Chai announced on Wednesday that the pairs may benefit from the new regulations imposed by Badminton World Federation (BWF) early next year.
“Both pairs still ranked pretty high in BWF rankings and they can help position Malaysia higher for the Thomas Cup seeding and qualification,” said Ng.
“Based on the new rule from BWF, there will be no qualifying rounds for Level 2 and 3 tournaments, while in Level 4 and 5 tournaments, there are only 28 places in the main draw plus eight in the qualifying rounds,” added Ng.
“With their current ranking and with their existing partners, they’re only eligible to compete for the Level 4 tournaments. Therefore, our coaches and the players had decided to reunite them for several tournaments.”
Malaysia’s men’s doubles head coach, Cheah Soon Kit also reiterated that this should be a good move for BAM.
“The country comes first and players are aware of the new BWF ruling, they understand our plans especially the importance of Thomas Cup.”
Based on the latest BWF rankings, Tan Wee Kiong and Ong Yew Sin were ranked 76, while Goh V Shem and Teo Ee Yi were ranked 92 in the world respectively. Both pairs ranked higher with their original partners with Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem at World No. 18th while Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi at World No. 24th.
In addition to the new tournaments regulations above, BWF will also try out a new service rule from March 1st, 2018, which will set a fixed height during the serve in which the shuttle must be below 1.15m from the surface of the court at the moment it touches the server’s racquet. The previous rule, on the other hand, states that the shuttle must be below one’s waist when it is hit.