Datuk Razif Sidek has demanded that national men’s doubles players make 2018 the year that they rise to achieve glory and success after less than impressive and forgettable performances throughout last year. (pix by ROHANIS SHUKRI)

KUALA LUMPUR: Legendary national men’s doubles player, Datuk Razif Sidek has demanded that national men’s doubles players make 2018 the year that they rise to achieve glory and success after less than impressive and forgettable performances throughout last year.

According to him, there can be no excuses for them to fail or stumble after being guided and led by capable and experienced coaches in Cheah Soon Kit and Rosman Razak.

Razif said that what’s best for those who are in the national squad right now is to learn as much as they possibly can, not just to sharpen their game, but in knowing the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents as well.

"I advise them to cut down as much as they possibly can on making mistakes and more importantly to maintain or improve their rankings. Each and every player must show determination and fighting spirit to win,” said Razif who was part of the legendary national team that won the Thomas Cup in 1992.

He commented that the reunion of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong was also good news for Malaysian badminton, and he hopes that the 2016 Rio Olmpics silver medalists will be able to rediscover their winning touch.

"I really hope that they can do well and perform to the best of their abilities as our men’s doubles have always commanded respect. Other men’s doubles have always feared to go up against our pairs and I hope for the sake of national interest and pride, they are able to work out their differences and forge a good and better understanding.

"Up to now based on past experience, they are still the country’s best men’s doubles. I hope that whatever problems they had that led to them being split up in the first place has been resolved once and for all so they can succeed and bring glory to the country,” he added.

He also pointed out that V Shem-Wee Kiong are still a respected pair and their reunion can produce good results which in turn can spur other national doubles.

Recently, V Shem-Wee Kiong made it to the semi-finals of the Thailand Masters last week and for their first round match in the Malaysian Masters, they will face seventh seeded Russian pair Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov tomorrow.

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