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“V Shem-Wee Kiong were ex­cep­tional last sea­son with the sil­ver medal from the Rio Olympics be­ing their best re­sult. They are rather in­con­sis­tent. They can some­times beat the best in the world or exit the first round in tour­na­ments.

“We have been help­ing them a lot to over­come their weak­nesses and also in han­dling pres­sure. In the mixed dou­bles, our sec­ond pair­ing of Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing must take the op­por­tu­nity to make in­roads in the ab­sence of Goh Liu Ying in the Sudirman Cup.

“They are play­ing good bad­minton but of course, they still need to im­prove as we need an­other good pair at the same level as Chan Peng Soon-Liu Ying,” he said.

Khairy also touched on the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games on Aug 19-30, where he hopes Malaysia can win as many events from the seven gold medals on of­fer.

“We will have the back-up play­ers in the Sea Games as our top shut­tlers will be at the World Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow. It is the same for other coun­tries in this re­gion as their top shut­tlers will also be com­pet­ing in the world meet.

“It is a good chance for our back-up team to shine and pro­duce re­sults in the Sea Games,” Khairy added.

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