Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s men’s doubles World No. 24 Teo Ee Yi/Ong Yew Sin have declared they’re ready to put on their best performance at the 2018 Asian Games that will be held from August 18 to September 2, 2018 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
Three weeks ago, Teo/Ong’s World Championships second exit almost caused them to get dropped by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) from the Asian Games squad. BAM insisted to replaced them with another pair, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, whom were able to make the World Championships quarterfinals before losing to the eventual World Champions, Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen of China.
When speaking to reporter on Wednesday, Teo Ee Yi admitted they didn’t care too much about whether or not they would be send to play in the Asian Games.
“Yew Sin and I were not too worried about being dropped from the Asian Games squad because we both respected the decision from BAM, and believed BAM would do what’s most important for the nation,” said Teo.
“At that time, Aaron/Wooi Yik played well and we should be proud of their achievements. It also proved that Malaysia has another top men’s doubles pair.”
“We were fine if BAM chose them instead of us. We were less fortunate when facing our senior (Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong) in the second round of the World Championships. It’s always difficult when playing against our fellow countrymen.”
“Now, it’s time for us to repay the trust BAM placed on us.”
Other Malaysian men’s doubles pairs that were sent to the Asian Games including Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Soon Huat.
The Asian Games team event be held in Jakarta from August 19 to August 22, while individual event will kick off on August 23 and end on August 28.