KUALA LUMPUR: Former badminton great Datuk Tan Yee Khan feels that it’s time to let men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat go.
Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong’s future as a pair is under scrutiny following their first round defeat in the Malaysian Open in January.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have put them in cold storage until a decision is made whether to keep them as a pair or split them up. The other options are to let them turn professionals or use them as sparring partners.
Since the national team resumed training after the Chinese New Year, only Boon Heong has been back in action. Kien Keat turned up for just a day to inform the BAM management that he would be on leave after deciding to go for an eye treatment, which he underwent last Monday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Have national men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost their motivation to play?
All indicators point that way if their string of misfortunes are anything to go by.
On Thursday, Kien Keat suffered another blow in his bid to revive his flagging career. He had to request for time off from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after the recurrence of an eye infection.
It now requires immediate laser treatment, which he hopes to get done on Monday.
This means, Kien Keat will miss a scheduled physical test, which is being planned by the National Sports Institute (NSI) next week.