Former Malaysia coach, Park Joo Bong insisted that Malaysia had made a big mistake by splitting their top pair, Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong.
The South Korean who is currently the Japan’s head coach believes that this decision will see Malaysia struggle in the men doubles department for at least another 1 year.
“I’m surprised by the decision. Why did Malaysia split their top pair when there are so many major events next year?” asked Joo-Bong, who is with the Japanese team at the Denmark Open in Odense.
“V Shem-Wee Kiong are the defending champions at the Denmark Open. And there are no Malaysian representatives this time. That’s sad,” said Joo-bong, the former Olympic champion and a two-time gold medallist in the men’s doubles at the World Championships.
“I’m still baffled. How can the form of the Olympic silver medallists drop so drastically within a year?
“Injuries can be managed. It’s normal for doubles players to have issues but it can be resolved. It takes time,” said Joo-bong.
“In Japan, we don’t simply change coaches or players. Everyone is given time to produce results.
“We don’t change an Olympic-medal winning pair or a coach just like that,” said the 52-year-old Joo-bong, who coached the Malaysian team from 2000-2003.
“Look at Denmark’s top pair Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen. They are playing together for the 13th year and they’re still doing great despite all the challenges.”
“It’ll be good to see how the new Malaysian pairs fare in the next few tournaments,” he said.
V Shem will play with Teo Ee Yi while Wee Kiong has been teamed up with Ong Yew Sin. And they will make their debuts at the French Open in Paris next Wednesday.