V Shem: We are feeling the pressure

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Malaysia’s Goh V Shem has admitted that he and his partner Tan Wee Kiong are feeling the pressure as they fight to stay ahead of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong on the rankings. 

At the moment, Malaysia will only be allowed to field one doubles team at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro as they don’t have two pairs of shuttlers ranked in the top eight. This would mean that V Shem and Wee Kiong would be Malaysia’s sole representatives in the men’s doubles category as they are the top-ranked pair at 15th on the rankings

However, with Kien Keat and Boon Heong just two spots below them, V Shem acknowledged that it will be a close battle for the highly-coveted berth.

“To qualify in the Olympics next year is our dream and we will work harder to achieve it,” V Shem was quoted as saying by the China Press. “In the last two competitions (China and Hong Kong Open), we did not really present our best. This sort of game-play really cannot continue in the future. We need to at least make it into the quarter-finals of any Super Series in order to gather more points to qualify.

“Kien Keat and Boon Heong currently have a fighting chance of qualifying in the Olympics. Their rankings are improving rapidly and it definitely puts the pressure on us.”

V Shem is now hoping that he and Wee Kiong can open up some breathing space between them and their compatriots by having a strong showing at the USA International Series this week and the Mexico City Grand Prix later this month. 

“Our aim is to be on the podium for the USA International Series and the Mexico City Grand Prix [this] month,” V Shem said.