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‘Uncle Chan’ is home! BAM announces Peng Soon’s return to the national team

The hero has returned.

KUALA LUMPUR – Hours after the shocking breakup of the Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying partnership, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed today that Peng Soon has applied to rejoin the national team as a mentor to the younger players.

Yesterday after the BWF World Tour Finals, the highly-accoladed duo announced the end of their 13-year-partnership, citing exhaustion and prolonged injuries as the reason.

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Peng Soon, fondly known as ‘Uncle Chan’ on social media, previously left the national team with his now ex-partner Liu Ying on December 17, 2018, and participated in tournaments as a free agent.

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In a statement, BAM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria said that Peng Soon will officially begin his duties on January 1, 2022.

After thorough deliberation, we decided to absorb the accomplished 33-year-old shuttler with the objective of strengthening the mixed doubles department and implementing a mentoring role for the youthful national squad.

“He also stated his intentions to fight for Paris 2024 and expressed his determination to also serve as a mentor in his application,” he said.

Zakaria added that BAM had no doubts that the veteran player would be an asset in nurturing young talents.

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Announcement of peng soon's return by bam

Let’s hope ‘Uncle Chan’ can train up the younger players to represent Team Malaysia in future tournaments! #GoMalaysia

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Editor: Sarah Yeoh