WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Kien Keat-Boon Heong will see action in Guangzhou
KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong can look forward to the World Championships in August as their form, even in its current pathetic state, is of no issue.
National doubles coach Tan Kim Her is sticking with them and the 2006 Asian Games gold medallists will be in Guangzhou, even if it will be just to make up the numbers.
Kim Her’s argument was that BAM’s executive committee (exco) made the decision but isn’t he the coach and hasn’t Boon Heong admitted that he has lost confidence?
This has prompted Kim Her to consider fielding either Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How or Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah for today’s do-or-die Group C clash with Germany.
"Boon Heong has lost confidence and after the defeat to Taiwan (on Sunday), it will be hard for them. I have to choose between Thien How-Wee Kiong and V Shem-Khim Wah for the remaining ties," said Kim Her.
"I will not reveal who will be fielded but after having spoken to Kien Keat-Boon Heong after the Taiwan match, we have to look at other options.
"As for Kien Keat-Boon Heong, they will be together until the World Championships as it was a decision taken by the BAM exco and I don’t want to dispute that.
"I am ready to accept whatever decision BAM makes after the World Championships and both players also appear ready for any eventuality."
It will be a decision that will be made after one year as there were calls that the pair be either split or dropped completely from the national squad after last year’s London Olympics.
Instead, they were set the unrealistic target of making this year’s World Championships final and blaming Kien Keat-Boon Heong alone for their woeful form is not fair.
BAM and Kim Her — as the doubles chief coach — are equally to blame for allowing the pair to drop as low as they have.