KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles shuttler, Goh V Shem is not interested in proving anybody wrong.
If anything, V Shem just wants to prove to himself that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallist, who was recently withdrawn from two European tournaments (Denmark and French Opens) by the BAM, still has faith in making the cut for the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China in December.
Only the top eight players and pairs from the five disciplines on the Race to Guangzhou ranking will qualify for the penultimate Level 1 tournament at the end of the year.
V Shem and partner, Tan Wee Kiong, are currently 10th on the world rankings.
The 29-year-old admitted it’s going to be tough to qualify, especially when the national No 1 duo were dropped from competing in Europe but he is not willing to throw in the towel just yet.
“First of all I would like to clarify that Wee Kiong and I are not banned from competing in the Denmark and French Opens. We have been withdrawn, yes, but that is because I picked up an ankle injury at the China Open last month.
“It’s unfortunate, but our world ranking will definitely be affected, since we won’t be playing in Europe.
“However, looking at the World Tour ranking, we might still have a chance of scraping through.
“We will play in the China and Hong Kong Opens next month, and if necessary the Korea Masters just so we could collect enough ranking points,” said V Shem.
The former World No 1 pair have come under fire after a string of poor results this season, especially in major events like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Thomas Cup in Bangkok, World Championships in Nanjing, China, as well as the Asian Games in Indonesia.
And following two early round exits in Japan and China last month, BAM president, Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria gave the duo an ultimatum to buck up or risk being banned from competing in tournaments.
National men’s doubles head coach Paulus Firman also confirmed the decision to pull V Shem-Wee Kiong out of the two tournaments was not due to the former’s injury alone, but based on their current performance as well.
When asked, if BAM’s decision had added more pressure, V Shem said: “As professionals, we are used to this. I don’t think I need to prove anything to anybody except myself.”
In the absence of V Shem-Wee Kiong, Malaysia’s men’s doubles charge at the Denmark and French Opens will be led by national No 2 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, and the in-form Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.