CHAN Peng Soon < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Malaysia   
Gender Men
Born 27 Apr 1988 in Pulau Pinang, MAS
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Maye Cham, sons Milton [2011] and Julian [2019], daughters Hannah [2015] and Lea [2020]
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Languages English, Hokkien, Malay, Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing badminton at age eight.
Why this sport? "I used to follow my dad to the badminton court and I began playing from there."
Name of coach Eei Hui Chin [personal], MAS
Handedness Right
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Claiming gold in the mixed team event at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jun 2021; bwfbadminton.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career His father. (bwfcontent.tournamentsoftware.com, 29 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol Indonesian badminton player Hendra Setiawan, Korean badminton player Kim Dong-Moon. (bwfcontent.tournamentsoftware.com, 29 Feb 2016)
Injuries In June 2011 he missed the Thailand Open due to a back injury. (thestar.com.my, 07 Jun 2011)
Milestones He and doubles partner Liu Ying Goh became the first mixed doubles team representing Malaysia to win a medal at the Olympic Games when they took silver at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Jul 2018; says.com, 19 Aug 2016)
Ambitions To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (bwfbadminton.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Other information REUNION WITH RIO COACH
In January 2021 he and mixed doubles partner Liu Ying Goh began training again with coach Eei Hui Chin who had previously coached them at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where they won silver. "It was quite a surprise that we're back as a team. I never thought this could happen. It's an arrangement from our sponsors. We're all excited with this timely partnership. Eei Hui is still very passionate and wants to help us, as much as we need her guidance. We have trained under her for many years when we were with the national team, so it shouldn't be hard for us to adapt to her training programme." (thestar.com.my, 02 Jan 2021)

TURNING PRO
In 2018 he and mixed doubles partner Liu Ying Goh decided to leave the national training programme in Malaysia to turn professional. In May 2020 they reached an agreement with the Badminton Association of Malaysia [BAM] to train with the national team twice a week at the Malaysia Badminton Academy [ABM] in Bukit Kiara to help them prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "There were differences in the thought process with the coach. So Goh and I were forced to choose another path. I was very excited to return to training in Bukit Kiara because it never crossed my mind. I thought once we left BAM, it was impossible to train in Bukit Kiara again. I see our return to ABM as a win-win situation for everybody. Liu Ying and I get to train with younger and faster players and, in return, we get to pass down our knowledge and experience to them." (sport.bisnis.com, 19 Oct 2020; tribunnews.com, 12 Aug 2020; nst.com.my, 18 Jul 2020; 360badminton.com, 02 Jul 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In July 2020 he launched a disposable protective and surgical mask product called Chan.Ger. He has also donated a percentage of the profit from sales of the product to professional Malaysian badminton players who were affected by the cancellation of events during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CHAN.GER Instagram profile, 27 Apr 2021; ligaolahraga.com, 28 Feb 2021)