Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s World No. 7 mixed doubles pair, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying were looking to repeat their remarkable success at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil almost five years ago when competing in Tokyo this July.
Although Chan/Goh were defeated by Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir 14-21, 12-21 in the final of Rio Games, but that was the best result ever achieved by a Malaysian mixed pair in international tournaments.
Chan Peng Soon, 33, insisted everything is possible in the Tokyo Olympics and hoped to end his badminton career on a high note by making it to the final of the Tokyo Games.
“I hope we can fight until the final,” said Chan to Malaysian media.
As this would be their second and last appearance at the Olympics, Goh Liu Ying, 31, promised to bring her best performance that could be remembered by all badminton fans in Malaysia and around the world.
Goh, who has been named as one of the two Malaysian flag bearers in Tokyo, hinted they would face tougher challenges than in Rio and called on all Malaysians to support and to motivate them to do better in Tokyo.
Malaysia achieved its best-ever Olympic performance in 2016 as Lee Chong Wei, Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem, and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying all won the silver medals in men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. However, not able to win its first-ever Olympic gold has continued to haunt Malaysian sports.
A lot of things have changed since the Rio Olympics. Lee Chong Wei had announced his retirement from badminton on June 13, 2019, after he recovered from an early-stage nose cancer treatment, while Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem did not earn enough Olympic qualifying points to make the Tokyo Games.
Meanwhile, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying together with 6 other Malaysian players, including Lee Zii Jia (men’s singles), Soniia Cheah (women’s singles), Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik (men’s doubles), Lee Meng Yean/Chow Mei Kuan (women’s doubles) have qualified for the Tokyo Games.