PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) were non-committal over Hendrawan’s future as national men’s singles coach following the retirement of Lee Chong Wei.
The 46-year-old Indonesian admitted that he is leaving his options open after his role of guiding Chong Wei to his fifth Olympics in Tokyo next year ended.
Hendrawan’s availability could spark interest from former employer All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) who earlier failed to lure the 2001 world champion back to its stable.
Hendrawan is contracted until the end of the Tokyo Olympics in August next year but he will be tempted by an offer to return to his country after serving the BAM for nearly 10 years.
Asked if the BAM would stand in Hendrawan’s way if he wishes to leave, coaching director Wong Choong Hann said: “I can’t comment on this yet as it has been just two days since Chong Wei announced his retirement.
“We’ve not spoken to Hendrawan, so nothing has changed at the moment ... it’s status quo.
“We will review that further, once we have further discussions with Hendrawan as he has been serving Chong Wei for a very long time (since 2015).”
With only nine men’s singles shuttlers left in the department after Chong Wei’s departure, Hendrawan could be deemed surplus to requirements.
Datuk Misbun Sidek and Indra Wijaya are the other two coaches in the squad.
The men’s doubles are the only other department to have three coaches but they are handling a big squad of 15 players.
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