Kuala Lumpur: After the Copenhagen World Championships, Malaysian men’s doubles pairs of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han has finally been made permanent.
“Yes, those pairs will play together in the near future barring any unexpected circumstances such as injuries,” said Malaysia’s badminton doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang.
Pang also admitted yesterday that he may mix up the pairs in the men’s team event at the Asian Games since the strategy has worked out well at the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi four months ago. The only difference is Chan Peng Soon will be the men’s doubles reserve player at the Asian Games instead of Ow Yao Han.
“I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trying out scratch pairs for the team event depending on our opponents, but Boon Heong-Thien How and V Shem-Wee Kiong will remain a pair in the individual event,” added Pang.
Pang stressed that Malaysian will be extra cautious about the China squad, who are poised for a strong comeback after their Thomas Cup disappointment.
“China will undoubtedly make a strong comeback in the Asian Games. They have moved Lin Dan to the second singles, and we are going to see Cai Yun/Fu Hai Feng playing as a pair again.”
China is likely to be Malaysia’s opponents in the Asiad semi-finals.