Saturday, May 1, 2010

Badminton News: Paris perfect for Tan Fook’s honeymoon and last fling at glory

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran men’s doubles shuttler Choong Tan Fook has two very good reasons for wanting to go to Paris in August.
The 35-year-old Tan Fook has qualified on merit with Lee Wan Wah for his eighth World Championships, which will be held in Paris from Aug 23-29.

And it would also be the perfect place for Tan Fook and Zhang Jiewen, who tied the knot last night, to go for their honeymoon.

Yesterday, Tan Fook and Olympic champion Jiewen of China treated about 1,000 guests to a romantic wedding dinner at Genting Highlands.
“I wanted it to be a very special occasion and I am happy that many were able to attend our wedding. I am also thrilled that our Thomas-Uber team members managed to take time off to join in this ceremony,” said a delighted Tan Fook.
Tan Fook, whose love affair with the Olympic champion blossomed in 2004, said that the world meet in Paris would mark an end to his decade-long badminton career.
“I have finally decided that the world meet in Paris will be my final shot at winning glory for the country. Then, I will move on,” said Tan Fook, who had reached the semi-finals twice in 2001 in Seville and 2007 in Kuala Lumpur.
“Of course, I will want to do well with Wan Wah. I want it to be the most memorable one.”
Tan Fook will then go into coaching – either in Malaysia or elsewhere.

For the record, the world No. 12 Tan Fook-Wan Wah did well to qualify for the world meet on merit despite having left the national team set-up for almost two years.

The others who made the cut are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and independent players Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen

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