Published: Friday March 28, 2014 MYT 5:43:00 PM
Updated: Friday March 28, 2014 MYT 6:45:47 PM

New dad Kien Keat coaching Thai juniors

PASIR GUDANG: Former national doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat is having the best time of his life.

On Sunday, he became the father to a baby boy. In addition, at the ongoing Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium, he is coaching juniors from Thailand's professional badminton club Granular.

Kien Keat is with Granular, whose players are competing in the GP Gold.

He quit the national team in February and parted ways with Tan Boon Heong after seven and a half years.

Kien Keat says he is enjoying the new challenges in his life.

“I cannot express my joy at seeing 'Junior'. We have named him Dayson. It is a huge responsibility to care for my child but I love it,” said the former All-England champion.

On his dual role as a coach and player with Granular, Kien Keat said: “I am helping Bodin (Issara of Thailand) to coach our junior club players. This is something new to me but I am getting the hang of it.”

On Friday, he was seen sitting next to Bodin cheering on their junior players Phataimas Muenwong-Kilasu Ostermeyer in the women's doubles. They lost 15-21, 14-21 to Japan's Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito.

“These Thai girls are barely 17 years old. Most of the club players are committed and disciplined but some of them lack the knowledge in badminton. So, I do my part to educate and motivate them to excel in the game. It has been fun so far.”

Kien Keat's first assignment as a professional player will be the New Zealand Grand Prix Gold next month where he will play in the mixed doubles with former international Ng Hui Lin.  

Tags / Keywords: badminton, Koo Kien Keat, Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold, Granular, Bodin Issara


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