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Malaysia Bank on Choong and Lee for men's Doubles

Malaysia have settled on experience to help them go after medal glory at the Olympics in the men's doubles competition.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has decided to choose the world number four pair of Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah to join Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong at the Beijing Olympics in August.

This means that there was no room for the fast-improving duo of Zakry Latif and Fairuzizuan Tazari. There was a doubt about Choong and Lee because the latter was carrying a shoulder injury, which BAM feared may affect his performance.

However, after a medical examination, he was given to all-clear to take part. BAM president Nadzmi Salleh said the two pairs were chosen because of their performances over the past year and their world rankings.

"We consulted the National Sports Insitute doctors and they concluded that Wan Wah's minor shoulder injury will not affect his performance in training or at the Olympics," said Nadzmi.

"We felt that, after the report by NSI, Tan Fook-Wan Wah shouldn't be denied a chance to compete in the event as they have proven themselves as one of the better pairs in the country. On BAM's part, we have fulfilled our promise, made a year ago, to select only the best pairs for the Olympics."

While Choong and Lee were relieved over their selection, the BAM is relying more on Koo and Tan to deliver medals in Beijing. The pair won the All England men's doubles title in 2007 but have recently been under-achieving and Nadzmi wants them to prove to the world that they are among the best.

However, Malaysia's best chance for gold lie with singles player Lee Chong Wei, who is ranked second in the world.

"All of them should try their best for the gold medal if not silver or bronze," he said. ."Chong Wei, Koo and Tan have proven many times that they have the potential."

On Choong and Lee's chances, he said: "They have experience on their side and will be motivated to win a medal as it will likely be their last Olympics."

Malaysia's women will be represented by world number 10 Wong Mew Chew as well as Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui.

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