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Old 06-06-2017
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Goh V Shem severe back and knee injuries and Tan Wee Kiong severe knee injuries may forced both of them to end their badminton career immediately after Glasgow World Championship 2017 is over.

Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are not going to let their injuries hold them back from competing in the Indonesian Open from June 12-18.

V Shem has back and knee issues while Wee Kiong is battling a knee problem since the start of the year.

As a result, they have endured rather disappointing results so far this season. V Shem-Wee Kiong, the men’s doubles silver medallists at the 2016 Rio Olympics, only managed to reach the quarter-finals at the All-England, India Open and Singapore Open.

They were also a major letdown at the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Australia, last month. They lost twice to world No. 6 Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda as Malaysia were knocked out 3-1 by Japan in the quarter-finals.

World No. 4 V Shem-Wee Kiong are, however, prepared to play through the pain barrier to redeem themselves at the Indonesian Open as well as the Australian Open from June 20-25.

“Every player faces injury problems. It’s a matter of how serious it is,” said V Shem.

“Wee Kiong has issues with his knee. As for me, my back is giving me problems and now my knee is acting up again.

“I’m not in the best condition. The knee hurts every now and then but we just have to get through this.

“It’s a bit risky to go to Indonesia and Australia but we need to try and regain our form.

“It’s also the last two tournaments before we go to the World Championships (in Glasgow in August).

“So, we need to change our game a little bit now considering our conditions. We cannot rely on speed and power any more,” added V Shem.

At the Indonesian Open, V Shem-Wee Kiong are the fourth seeds. They face Thailand’s Kittinupong Kedren-Dechapol Puavaranukroh in the first round.

They should progress to face either homesters Hendra Gunawan-Markis Kido or China’s Lu Kai-Zheng Siwei in the second round.

Besides V Shem-Wee Kiong, national No. 2 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi will also start from the main draw.

They take on China’s Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan in the first round with the winners expected to meet world No. 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in the second round.
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Old 08-05-2017
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Don’t be surprised to see Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong getting more muscular these days.

The men’s doubles specialists are pumping iron to add more power to their game as they bid to mount a strong challenge for honours at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, from Aug 21-27.

The Rio Olympic silver medallists have been putting extra efforts into their physical training programme since losing in the first round of the Australian Open in Sydney in June.

V Shem-Wee Kiong now wear weight vests during their training sessions as well as undergo specially drawn-up fitness programmes by the National Sports Institute’s (NSI) physical trainers.

Wee Kiong is enjoying the workout despite being pushed to the limit in each session.

“I take back home a bundle of T-shirts soaked with sweat after training every day,” said Wee Kiong.

“The NSI team is helping us manage our physical conditions. They’re doing a good job.”

Wee Kiong-V Shem enjoyed their best season last year. Besides the Olympic silver, they won the Denmark Open and the World Superseries Finals in Dubai.

This year, they have yet to reach a semi-final appearance.

“We’ve not been playing well this year but we’re working hard to get back to the top.

“What’s important is to peak at the World Championships. And we hope for a favourable draw too,” said Wee Kiong.

The draw for the World Championships will be conducted by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) at their new headquarters at the Naza Tower Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 9.
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