Sidek backs Malaysian duo for Olympics berth

Razif Sidek is confident that Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Kien Keat and Boon Heong, who currently sit in 18th place on the world rankings, failed to end the season on a high after triumphing at the Dutch Open and Swiss International in October. 

Even though only the top 16 doubles pairs as of May 5, 2016, will qualify for the Olympic Games, Sidek still believes that Kien Keat and Boon Heong will represent Malaysia at the event. 

“Kien Keat-Boon Heong had spent a lot of money this year and they still have a chance to qualify if they continue accumulating points next year,” he was quoted as saying by Harian Metro. “V Shem and Wee Kiong however, can’t be underestimated too, since they won the US Open not long ago.

“However, I admit that Kien Keat and Boon Heong are still fierce opponents. Their names will definitely be remembered. Their game play is still the same but slightly different physically.”

Should Kien Keat and Boon Heong participate in the Olympics, Sidek acknowledged that the pair will be aiming to capture gold medals as this could potentially be their last appearance in the competition. 

“For Kien Keat and Boon Heong, this might be their last appearance in the Olympics,” he said. “Their aim, this time, would be to enter the finals and clinch the ultimate win, not just qualify to the Olympics.

“Now they’re moving on by themselves and want to make a point and prove their brilliance to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and their sponsors.”