KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Lim Khim Wah will pair up with Goh V Shem for the third time – after two break-ups over the last three years.
The move may seem questionable but reigning Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold champions Khim Wah and V Shem have decided to give their partnership another chance after a meeting with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Monday.
Khim Wah and V Shem, who went to Kelantan to meet the president, have decided to put their differences aside. The duo had, in the past, blamed each other for their losses.
Khim Wah and V Shem will play with their current partners – Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang respectively – at the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 10-14 and will re-team next year – starting with the Korean and Malaysian Opens.
BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai confirmed on Thursday that the duo would start playing as a pair once again while BAM competitions chairman Dr Koay Ban Hing confirmed that he had entered their names for the Korean Open next year.
“They met with the president and decided to play as a pair again. They were also assessed to be not performing with their new partners based on the current coaches’ reports,” said Chin Chai.
Khim Wah and V Shem were teamed up with Yao Han and Kok Siang two months ago by national doubles coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang. The pairs did not get off to brilliant starts in the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching and last month’s Macau Open.
Newly-reinstated doubles coach Tan Kim Her and Cheh Chang have decided that it was best to bring back Khim Wah-V Shem as they hold a lot of promise.
Kim Her replaced Paulus after the latter decided to quit the national team due to family commitments.
Asked about their third reunion, the 24-year-old Khim Wah said that he would rather not talk about it as he wanted to focus on doing well with Yao Han in the SEA Games.
“I am looking forward to the SEA Games with Yao Han. Indonesia and Thailand will not have their top pairs there and it does open up our chances a bit,” said Khim Wah.
Top Indonesian pair Hendra Setiawan-Mohd Ahsan have skipped the SEA Games to take part in the BWF World Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium (KLBA) in Cheras from Dec 10-14.
“Yao Han and I have not really hit it off well but, I believe, we can step up to the plate at the SEA Games. I won one silver and one bronze at the last SEA Games and I hope to go one step better this time,” said Khim Wah.
He won the bronze medal with V Shem in the men’s doubles individual event and a silver in the men’s team at the SEA Games in Jakarta in 2011.