Koo and Tan get Clear Warning

For the first time, Malaysia’s doubles coach Rexy Mainaky mentioned the possibility of dropping Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong from the Olympic Squad if the duo didn’t put […]

ImageFor the first time, Malaysia’s doubles Rexy Mainaky mentioned the possibility of dropping Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong from the Olympic Squad if the duo didn’t put their mind on the court. In a series of articles published in the Malaysian press this week, the clearly states that some results and hard work are needed as a third pair is now within the top 16 and could be sent to replace the shining duo.

Let’s see what happens in the coming weeks. If he does not improve, I will have no choice but to drop them from the .” These words are those of Rexy Mainaky in the New Straits Times, one of Malaysia’s leading newspapers. Rexy now has the ability to change his mind as Abdul Latif and Tazari have also entered the top 16 and could be sent to Beijing together with Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook.

At this stage, both these pairs have a better chance of winning an Olympic medal in Beijing compared to them [Kien Keat-Boon Heong]. I hope that if I am forced to drop the Kien Keat and Boon Heong combination, the (BAM) will fully support my decision,” the Indonesian was quoted as saying.

This comes as a severe warning for the pair, who had been the national heroes last year when they had clinched the Asian Games Gold medal and went on to get 3 out of the 4 first Super Series titles in 2007. Since then, their world ranking has dropped and Rexy seems to blame Koo’s lifestyle.

As for Malaysia’s Head Coach Yap Kim Hock, he was mentioning that the Swiss Open was not the main target and he was hoping that Koo and Tan would get their game together before the Thomas Cup in May, the main target this year together with the Olympics. A good showing in Jakarta for Koo and Tan would definitely be a plus toward their being sent to Beijing as Malaysia’s main hope for a gold medal – a first ever for Malaysia in the Olympics.

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.