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PENG SOON RETURNS TO BAM

Olympic silver medallist wants final shot at the 2024 Paris Games

- FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

NATIONAL mixed doubles coach Paulus Firman welcomes the positive impact Chan Peng Soon will have on the players when the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medallist returns to the national fold next month.

Yesterday, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed that 33-year-old Peng Soon will rejoin the national setup after leaving in 2019 with his former partner Goh Liu Ying.

Peng Soon and Liu Ying dropped a bombshell on Monday, when they ended their 13-year partnershi­p, right after the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals in Bali.

While Liu Ying has yet to make an announceme­nt on her future plans, Peng Soon is eager for one last hurrah at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Indonesian Paulus, who only made the switch to the mixed doubles department last year, said: “Peng Soon is a very experience­d player.

“The mixed doubles department will definitely benefit from his experience, and I look forward to having him play a mentoring role with the other players.”

On what he thinks about Peng Soon making one final appearance at the Olympics, Paulus added: “It's still too early to say anything right now.

“First things first, we will need to determine Peng Soon’s new partner.

“Once we confirm a partner for him, we can plan further.”

At the moment, Paulus and his assistant Teo Kok Siang are in charge of world No 23

Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See, world No 39 Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei and world No 161 Choong Hon Jian-Toh Ee Wei.

Apart from winning silver at the Rio

Olympics and reaching the final of the 2017 All England, Peng Soon's other career highlights include winning gold at the 2010 Commonweal­th Games and Asian Championsh­ips.

 ?? PHOTO PIC COURTESY OF BADMINTON ?? Chan Peng Soon.
PHOTO PIC COURTESY OF BADMINTON Chan Peng Soon.

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