NATIONAL doubles head coach Tan Kim Her has decided what to do with Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong. But he won't reveal it, at least for now.
The futures of the two players will be linked to the programme for a golden assault on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Though Kim Her is not ready to reveal much, it is learnt that the team will comprise several young pairs.
Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah, Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong, Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming and Nelson Heg-Teo Ee Yi are the young pairs who should make the 2016 programme while Kien Keat-Boon Heong's situation still looks unclear.
Kim Her said there is a short-term target until 2014 where the players will prepare for the Commonwealth and Asian Games, and this is where Kien Keat-Boon Heong, if they are retained as a pair, will make the 2016 squad.
"I have prepared a four-year programme but I will not reveal the details just yet as it must be studied by the coaching and training committee (CTC). We have to start early to make sure the players are ready to continue their objective of securing gold in Rio," said Kim Her.
"I don't want to jump the gun as far as Kien Keat-Boon Heong are concerned as the CTC will make a decision once its chairman (Ng Chin Chai) returns from the London Olympics next week.
"We also have a short term target where players will be aiming for gold in the Commonwealth and Asian Games."
BA of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh has strongly hinted that Kien Keat-Boon Heong could be separated but still part of the programme with different partners.
If Kim Her decides to reshuffle the pairs, Boon Heong might also get a new partner and there have been indications that he may be tried out with younger players and the leading contender seems to be Ee Yi.
However, Kim Her said it was premature to speculate on the futures of Kien Keat-Boon Heong and he believes the CTC would decide their fates.