Boon Heong: Bring back Rexy to coach our shuttlers

  • Badminton
  • Saturday, 09 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Bring back Rexy Mainaky as Malaysia’s badminton coach after the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. Former doubles shuttler Tan Boon Heong says he will give his full backing for the return of Rexy if Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) decide to rehire the 52-year-old.

Boon Heong said he knows that Rexy wants to be back in Malaysia after completing his contract with the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) next year.

“I’ve asked him about his future plans, and he said he will not be renewing his contract with BAT after the Olympics and will return to KL to be with his wife, ” said Boon Heong, who won the 2006 Doha Asian Games, 2007 All-England and became the world No. 1 with Koo Kien Keat under Rexy’s tutelage.

Rexy served as the BAM’s doubles coach from 2005-2012 and spent a year in the Philippines before moving to Indonesia in late 2013 as their high performance director.

In 2017, the Indonesian became the head coach of Thailand national team.

Malaysia has been a second home to Rexy, who has been holding a permanent residence status since 2007.

“I’ve asked him whether he had received any offer to rejoin BAM. He said the BAM had approached him once last year, but then, he could not commit because he wanted to complete his job in Thailand first, ” said Boon Heong.

“I’m not surprised that he wants to come back here. He likes Malaysia and it would be great for him to coach our national team again.

“Rexy is a great coach who really knows how to motivate and inspire you.

“When it comes to fitness, he will show you no mercy.

“He doesn’t teach you much of the skills, but emphasises on discipline and mental toughness. That’s exactly what Malaysian players need.

“We’ve many talented players here, and we need a coach who can bring out the best in them.”

Rexy, who won the 1996 Atlanta Olympics gold and the 1995 World Championships title with Ricky Subagja, has been doing a fantastic job with Thailand.

He guided Thailand to an incredible runner-up finish at the Uber Cup Finals two years ago in Bangkok.

Kantaphon Wangcharoen became the first men’s singles shuttler from his country to win a bronze medal at the World Championships in Basel last year while mixed doubles pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai also did well in the world meet to become the first Thai pair to reach the final.

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