BAM mulls reshuffling top pair Koo/Tan – Nadzmi
SEPANG: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will consider reshuffling top doubles pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, says president, Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Salleh.
“Maybe we will change the players, coach or split them. We expected Koo/Tan to at least win the bronze medal but they failed,” he told reporters after welcoming the badminton squad at KL International Airport (KLIA) here Tuesday.
Nadzmi said several BAM council members suggested that they split Koo/Tan and give them new partners.
“But we can’t make decisions in haste and have to study it as a whole. It is a shame if it only involves playing techniques as we can rejuvenate them.”
He said that Koo and Tan may might also want to change partners.
“There’s no need to keep the pair if they continue to be stagnant,” hea dded.
Koo/Tan lost 21-23 and 10-21 to Chung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae of South Korea in the men’s doubles playoff match for the bronze medal. Sidek brothers Razif and Jalani won Malaysia’s first Olympics medal when they returned with the bronze medal from Barcelona, Spain in 1992.
This was followed by the silver medal won by Cheah Soon Kit/Yap Kim Hock at Atlanta Olympics in United States in 1996.