KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s position as the country’s top men’s pair is on shaky ground once again.
On Saturday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) council chaired by Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff decided to serve the duo an ultimatum. They have to perform at the back-to-back Denmark and French Opens or else they will be split up.
The world No. 5 pair are participating in the Denmark Open from Oct 15-20 and the French Open from Oct 22-27.
The council have had enough of Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s mediocre performances over the last few years and want both of them to step up to the plate.
The duo were targeted to reach the final of the World Championships in Guangzhou in August but they crashed out in the quarter-finals.
It was expected that the BAM under new president Tengku Mahaleel would split them up then but they were given a new lease of life instead.
“The council members are not happy with Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s performances. We are of the opinion that they should deliver as the country’s top pair,” said BAM’s deputy president Datuk Norza Mohd Zakaria after the Kuala Lumpur Open on Saturday.
Norza, who is also the president of Kuala Lumpur Badminton Association (KLBA), said that the council had proposed for Kien Keat-Boon Heong to be separated if they fall flat in Europe.
“Their performances in the back-to-back Europe tournaments will be monitored. If they do not perform, we (the council) have requested for a review of their partnership and have proposed for them to be split up,” said Norza.