KUALA LUMPUR: Long-serving Indonesian coach Hendrawan says he is leaving his options open following Malaysian badminton icon Lee Chong Wei’s retirement.
The 46-year-old Hendrawan had trained Chong Wei since his return from a doping suspension in May 2015.
Hendrawan, who’s a former world champion himself, was instrumental in helping Chong Wei get back on his feet after the eight-month ban.
He guided Chong Wei to the silver medals at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Within 13 months, Chong Wei had also clawed his way back to the world No. 1 spot in June 2016.
But following Chong Wei’s announcement of his retirement on Thursday, it’s not immediately known whether if Hendrawan, who has been with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for 10 years, will still be needed.
The men’s singles squad is headed by Datuk Misbun Sidek, assisted by Hendrawan and another Indonesian Indra Wijaya.
Hendrawan has a contract that runs until the end of Tokyo Olympics in August next year, but he may not necessarily see it out if other opportunities come about.
The All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) have been a keen admirer of Hendrawan’s coaching ability and could make a move to bring him back and strengthen their coaching team ahead of the Olympics.
“My main responsibility is to train Chong Wei but now that he has retired, my duty is over,” said Hendrawan.
“I have no immediate plans for now, so I will just stay on to assist Misbun in coaching the other players in the team.
“The Olympics is just around the corner, so I hope to play a role.”
The PBSI had courted Hendrawan twice, first it was after the Rio Olympics three years ago and then in March this year.
Hendrawan revealed that he had rejected the offers from PBSI because of his unfinished business with BAM.
“There was an offer for me to return to Indonesia to serve the national team, but I did not accept it because I wanted to fulfil my promise to help Chong Wei until the end of the Olympics,” said Hendrawan.
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