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Men’s doubles may need another reshuffle after unconvincing results

PETALING JAYA: The men’s doubles department could be set for another reshuffle after less than impressive campaigns at the French Open and Bitburger Open.
Head coach Cheah Soon Kit’s decision to team up Goh V Shem Teo Ee Yi and Ong Yew Sin-Tan Wee Kiong appeared to have backfired as both pairs only made the second round of the French meet in Paris and the quarter-finals of the Bitburger Open in Saarbrucken, Germany.
A third pair – world No. 47 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani – also fared badly, losing in the first round of both tournaments. The youngsters have yet to win a match since reaching the final of the Malaysian Masters in January.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria feels that they cannot afford to wait too long for the players to produce results, especially with several major events – including the Thomas Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games – coming up next year.
“The men’s pairs did all right in France but didn’t meet their targets at the Bitburger Open.
“Soon Kit is still assessing V Shem-Ee Yi and Yew Sin-Wee Kiong but a decision has to be made fast because we need to know our Thomas Cup line-up by January.
“As for Sze Fei-Izzuddin, I also brought it up to Soon Kit. We need to make some changes soon.”
Norza also announced that BAM would introduce an internal ranking for players every quarter, starting next year.
There will be two windows – February and August – to release under-performing players from the national set-up.
BAM will also introduce a rule to monitor players’ key performance index (KPI), with players ranked No. 1-No. 72 in the world getting to play in tournaments while those ranked No. 73 and above will only play in 10 tournaments.
“We are still working out a standard operating procedure for reviewing under-performing players. This is because we want to see how we can reintegrate players who have been dropped if they start producing results,” said Norza.
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