KUALA LUMPUR: Former internationals Wong Choong Hann and Rashid Sidek will be back with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to improve the quality of coaching.
Choong Hann and Rashid have been included in BAM’s stand-alone Coach Education Panel (CEP).
“We’ve included Choong Hann and Rashid to beef up the coach education aspect.
“Both these former internationals are experienced coaches,” said BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria after a council meeting yesterday.
For Choong Hann, the task with BAM will be his first since leaving the national fold after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
He was recalled for national duty at the 2010 Thomas Cup Finals but he eventually focused on his job as a coach with his company Pioneer Sdn Bhd to nurture young shuttlers.
Rashid was Malaysia’s successful chief singles coach before he left to take a lucrative job as the head coach of the professional club Sports Affairs in 2013.
Norza said it was time to introduce new methods in coaching.
The BAM have been offering the same old coaching courses for the last 10 years.
“Choong Hann and Rashid will evaluate the current status of coaching in our country,” said Norza.
“They will also monitor the coaches at the elite and junior levels and give input on coaching courses,” said Norza.
“They are not with the BAM on a full-time basis but they will draft programmes and plan accordingly.
Being former internationals and current coaches, their inputs will be invaluable.”
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