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Thursday September 20, 2012

BAM rehire Tat Meng as women’s singles coach

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have re-hired Wong Tat Meng (pic) as the women’s singles coach and expect more new faces to join him as they unveiled their new coaching and training structure yesterday.

Tat Meng will replace Chi Shanrong of China, who had failed to leave a lasting impression in the women’s singles department since he took over more than a year ago.

Except for Tee Jing Yi, others under his care did not make any breakthroughs.

Yesterday, BAM’s exco headed by Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, announced Tat Meng’s return.

He said that he would leave the selection and appointment of other coaches to their new project manager.

Shanrong, who had been on leave for the past two weeks, will return to Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).

Tat Meng had played different roles with the national team over his eight-year stint before joining Li Mao in Indonesia in February last year.

Under Tat Meng’s short stint as the national women’s singles coach for a year, Wong Mew Choo did the country proud by winning the China Open in 2007 when she defeated all the top players from China.

Tat Meng, however, was sent to BJSS in 2008 for two years before he returned as a women’s singles coach in September 2010. Five months later, he signed up for the lucrative job in Indonesia.

His experience in Indonesia will surely help as the BAM are hoping for Tat Meng to stay longer in his job and produce more Mew Choos.

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