Former national chief coach and player Yap Kim Hock, seen here with kids from Pandamaran at his badminton academy, has applied for the men's doubles coaching position with BAM on Friday. -
KUALA LUMPUR: Former men’s doubles Olympic Games silver medallist Yap Kim Hock is one step closer to becoming a national coach with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) again.
Kim Hock attended an interview for the position of men’s doubles national coach at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Friday. He was interviewed by three key BAM personnel – president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, secretary Ng Chin Chai and general manager Kenny Goh.
The 43-year-old Kim Hock will know the decision when the BAM executive committee meet on March 20.
Chin Chai said that besides making a decision on Kim Hock, the committee will also decide on Tan Kim Her’s future as national coach. Kim Her’s contract ended last month.
Another matter on the agenda is the appointment of the coaching director. BAM have approached Datuk Misbun Sidek but he has yet to respond.
Said Chin Chai: “Kim Hock came for an interview today (yesterday). He applied to be the doubles coach. The executive committee will make a decision on March 20. Other matters will also be discussed.”
Kim Hock was clearly happy that BAM had taken the time to hear him out.
“I’m keen to rejoin BAM as I believe that I can still contribute to the nation. There was a vacancy in the men’s doubles since the departure of Paulus (Firman) and I applied,” said Kim Hock, who looked smart in his long-sleeved pink-coloured shirt.
“Today, during the interview, I shared with them my ideas on helping to improve Malaysian badminton – especially men’s doubles.
“Currently, Tan Boon Heong has been given a temporary partner following the absence of Koo Kien Keat (who quit the national fold recently) and I believe that I can find the right partner for him. He is an immensely gifted player.”
Kim Hock certainly knows what he is talking about.
It was Kim Hock, as the then BAM chief coach, and doubles coach Rexy Mainaky who helped pair up Boon Heong and Kien Keat in late 2006. Boon Heong-Kien Keat went on to win several major titles for the country, including the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the 2007 All-England.
“I know most of the current players and all the coaches. I can work with Pang (Cheh Chang, the current men’s doubles coach). As a player, I never won an Olympic Games gold medal, though I came close with a silver. I hope to guide the current crop of players to an Olympic gold,” said Kim Hock, who won a silver with Cheah Soon Kit at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Kim Hock was BAM chief coach for four years until 2008. He was then demoted to coaching the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS). He was with BJSS for four years until 2012. His contract, however, was not renewed.
He currently conducts private coaching at his centre – YKH Academy – in Pandamaran, Klang.