Friday, July 04, 2014

Mixed doubles worry

NATIONAL coach Rashid Sidek believes the mixed doubles gold medal will be the hardest to retain at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23-Aug 3.

Rashid, who was with squad that won four gold at the 2010 Games in New Delhi, said: “NSC (National Sports Council) has set a target of two gold medals, and we can achieve that.

“It’s not impossible to repeat the feat of 2010, but it is going to be tough to retain the mixed doubles gold.

“Chang Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing are still getting used to their partnership, so we can’t expect much.”
Pei Jing was named in the squad to replace the injured Goh Liu Ying, who is Peng Soon’s regular partner.

Liu Ying, who decided to undergo surgery on both her knees in May, has been ruled out for the rest of the year.

Malaysia have also included a scratch pair for the men’s doubles, but Rashid believes the pairing of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are good enough to retain the gold medal won by Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong at the previous edition.

“Our scratch pairs have shown great spirit, and this was clear from their display at the Thomas Cup Finals (New Delhi) last month.

“We are still testing out our men’s doubles, but I believe that V Shem-Khim Wah are our current top pair.”

Malaysia’s four gold at the 2010 Games came through World No 1 Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles), Kien Keat-Boon Heong (men’s doubles), Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui (mixed doubles) and mixed team event. 

By Fabian Peter - NST

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