Feb 28 TheStar PUTRAJAYA: Veteran doubles shuttler Choong Tan Fook will have a different partner in his third consecutive Commonwealth Games. But the 31-year-old shuttler hopes to keep a Games tradition going in Melbourne by getting on the rostrum again. In his Games debut in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, Tan Fook partnered Lee Wan Wah to take the gold. In Manchester in 2002, his partner was Chang Kim Wai and they won the silver. In Melbourne, Tan Fook will form a scratch combination with singles shuttler Wong Choong Hann. Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat are the other Malaysian pair taking part in the Games. Although upbeat over his chances to win a medal in Melbourne with Choong Hann, Tan Fook lamented over the lack of opportunity to play with his partner in tournaments under the new rally scoring format (21 points in best-of-three games) this year. “We did not get to play in the recent Asian Zone Thomas Cup qualifying tournament because of the team’s strategy,” he said. “The Philippines Open is also out (the tournament has been postponed). Now we just have to improve our combination in training and play as many practice matches as possible.” Tan Fook and Choong Hann played as a pair in the Manila SEA Games last December and they bagged the bronze. For the Melbourne Games, Malaysia look good for a 1-2 finish in the men’s doubles. The only other pair seen as a threat to the Malaysians are England’s Robert Blair-Anthony Clark.