Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong have a busy schedule ahead of them as their coach Lee Wan Wah is eager to see them qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Kien Keat and Boon Heong are currently ranked 18th on the men’s doubles world rankings, but only the top 16 will qualify for the Olympics.
As a result, the duo will be involved in numerous tournaments, starting with the Malaysian Masters in Penang on January 19. After that, they will compete at the Syed Modi International Championships and Thailand Masters before heading to Europe to take part in the German Open, All England Open and Swiss Open.
Following their Europe tour, Kien Keat and Boon Heong will return to Asia to participate in the India Open, Malaysian Open and Singapore Open.
While Wan Wah admitted that the Malaysian pair will be involved in a plethora of tournaments, he is determined to increase their chances of representing their country at the Olympics.
“The Thailand Masters starts on the first day of the Chinese New Year,” Wan Wah told The Star. “It is a sacrifice they have to make. We don’t want Kien Keat-Boon Heong to look back and regret that they miss the Olympics because they skip some tournaments.
“With so many tournaments ahead of them, the risk of injury is there. We will make sure they get enough rest in between and also keep an eye on their fitness conditions.”
Wan Wah added that he hopes Kien Keat and Boon Heong can surpass compatriots Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong on the rankings as they currently sit three spots behind them.
“All plans have been made for Kien Keat-Boon Heong and their sponsors (property developer Seri Mutiara Development Sdn Bhd) are strongly behind them. It is all in their hands now,” he said. “The race is so close between these two pairs. All they need is one or two strong performances, especially at the Superseries level, and that can make a huge difference to their rankings. May the best pair get in and I hope it’s Kien Keat-Boon Heong.”