Sep 01 2008
I’m not an expert in badminton. I played some badminton in school days before but was not any good at it. But I’ve been an avid fan since my childhood since the days of Misbun Sidek.
To be frank, the performance of Koo Kien Kiat and Tan Boon Heong was really disappointing in the Beijing Olympics. I thought if they could regain their previous top form, they even had better chance for a gold medal than Lee Chong Wei.
But their loss to Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan was really disheartening, especially it’s their first loss to that pair in so many encounters.
Now there is talk about splitting this talented pair who were once serial championship winners. Yes I feel they must take a hard look on their performance, but there is no need to split them up.
Sport players, just like the rest of us at our work, do win and lose in their sports. But as long as they had given their best and played to their conscience, they should still be given their chance, much less talking about a split.
The fact is that they are still one of the top pairs in the world and in Malaysia. Otherwise, they are still young and very talented. Talking about Koo, he is a doubles expert, evident from his recent performance winning in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles in the Penang open.
Yes, I feel others like Zakri and Fairuzizuan deserve more attention and exposure from now onwards. But Koo and Tan should continue as a pair. There are many others in the national team who have been under performing, even for years. But why are they still given chance, but not Koo and Tan?
By the way, how come we can feel so let down by Koo and Tan, even being angry at them? It could be because of our very high expectation out of them, due to their very good performance some time ago. They once brought us long-lost joy and we thought we saw a new hope.
But the higher our expectation, the more disappointed we can become when things go wrong. No wonder we can feel angry and emotional, and even want to punish them.
Yes it is unfortunately that they lost in the wrong event and to the wrong pair. But their are still among the best in the world. The loss should not be a death knell for them. Please don’t lose faith on them but continue to groom them. Please give them a chance.