Vivian, Khe Wei eager to qualify for Olympics

Malaysian shuttlers Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei are determined to represent their country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Even though the women’s doubles pair are ranked 12th in the world, they sit in 23rd place in the Olympic qualifying race and Vivian acknowledged that she and Khe Wei are working against the clock to secure their spot in the major event. 

Vivian added that she and Khe Wei cannot afford an early exit from the ongoing Mexico City Grand Prix, where they received a bye in the first round and will now face local shuttlers Yaqueline Duarte and Adelina Quinones in the second round on Thursday. 

Should they beat Duarte and Quinones, Vivian and Khe Wei are set to go up against England’s Heather Olver and Lauren Smith in the quarter-finals. 

“We’re taking the Mexico City GP seriously because we want to compete in our first Olympics,” Vivian told The Star. “The draw is not too bad for us. We’re expected to meet England’s Heather Olver-Lauren Smith in the quarter-finals and we need to take our chances.”