As part of Badminton Association of Malaysia's (BAM) efforts to bring continuous improvement to the national squad, we have decided to restructure the coaching setup of the national team.
The men’s singles department will see the return of Hendrawan as head coach and Datuk Tey Seu Bock as his assistant. The experienced duo has an established track record of guiding Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei to achieve the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Hendrawan’s current assistant, Indra Widjaja will be given the task of leading the women’s singles department, alongside Loh Wei Sheng. Indra comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge as he had been coaching the Korean national team before plying his trade in Malaysia beginning from the year 2016.
The men’s doubles department will be headed by doubles specialist, Flandy Limpele. The 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medalist was instrumental in forging the success of India’s men’s doubles pair: Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, leading them into the world’s top 10 last year. Flandy will be assisted by Rosman Razak and Hoon Thien How.
Former national doubles player, Chan Chong Ming will take over the reins at the women’s doubles department. The two-time World Championships bronze medalist (2001 & 2005) and 2006 Malaysia Open champion, will be supported by Chin Ee Hui and Wong Pei Tty.
We are hoping these two new head coaches can start by 15th June 2020, but these plans are certainly subject to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) ruling of permitted training. In the case of Flandy, his arrival to Malaysia shall also be subjected to the government’s regulations on allowing foreigners to enter Malaysia.
In a move to beef up the mixed doubles, Paulus Firman will be tasked with revitalizing the department together with his assistant, Teo Kok Siang.
All these coaches shall continue to report to Wong Choong Hann, the Coaching Director.
On the back of the commendable Badminton Asia Team Championship in February of this year that saw our young team finishing as runners-up, it is pivotal that we continue to evolve to achieve excellence. Complacency should not have a place in the national squad.
As the President of BAM, it is my hope that these changes will further rejuvenate the national team and motivate the players to utilize the extended time frame to prepare for the Thomas and Uber Cup finals, set to take place in Aarhus, Denmark from 3rd till 11th October 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics from 23rd July till 8th August 2021; the two indispensable milestones for the BAM.
We at BAM will continue to look for avenues to strengthen our coaching team in order to help our relatively youthful squad to realize their full potential and ultimately, make the country proud.
DATO’ SRI NORZA ZAKARIA
PRESIDENT, BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (BAM)
17th MAY 2020