Badminton

Published: Friday August 22, 2014 MYT 7:10:00 PM
Updated: Saturday August 23, 2014 MYT 9:17:46 PM

Rexy's heart is still in Malaysia

COPENHAGEN: Rexy Mainaky has been the high performance director of Indonesia for almost two years now but his heart is still in Malaysia.

It is not because he misses coaching the national badminton team but his wife and children have decided to stay here. 

“I visit them once every month. They decided not to return. Malaysia is home for them now, “ said Rexy, who obtained his permanent residence status after guiding Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to a gold medal at the Asian Games in Doha in 2006. 

Rexy was Malaysia’s coach for seven and half years before quitting just months before the 2012 London Olympic Games. 

Asked whether he would return to coach Malaysia, Rexy said his responsibility right now is to take Indonesia to greater heights.  

On Indonesia’s chances at the World Championships, Rexy, who arrived here with the team yesterday, remained upbeat despite several of their senior stars had skipped the event. 

Indonesia will not have the services of two world champions – Ahmad Tontowi-Lilyana Natsir and Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan following injuries to Tantowi and Ahsan. 

Simon Santoso, the winner of the Singapore Open Superseries, also withdrew due to dengue. 

“Injuries and illness have floored our top players but it is not over for us. We are aiming to enter three finals. In the men’s singles, our hope is on Tommy Sugiarto,” he said. 

“We are also hoping for good performances from our women’s doubles and mixed doubles.”

Although Rexy is hoping that Indonesia will continue to do well in all the majors, his main objective is to produce a solid team by 2020. 

“We have identified a few men’s singles players with immense talents. We have also tightened the entries into the national team – only the best gets in. 

“We are co-operating with Australia to add more sports science into training. Good times ahead for Indonesia,” added Rexy, who won the gold medal with Ricky Subagja at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

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