Walking into sunset

Sweet memories: Chin Eei Hui (right) and her former doubles partner Wong Pei Tty’s contracts as national coaches were not extended by BAM.

PETALING JAYA: After 25 fruitful years as a player and coach, Chin Eei Hui will be parting ways with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) with only sweet memories to cherish.

Yesterday, the 38-year-old’s contract, together with that of Rosman Razak and Wong Pei Tty, were not extended.

Eei Hui formed the world No. 1 women’s doubles pair with Pei Tty during their playing days. Among the three, Eei Hui’s departure will be most notable as she has been one of the finest coaches in the national set-up.

She quit competition after the 2012 London Olympics to begin her coaching career in the women’s doubles before moving up to coach the mixed doubles department in 2015.

Then, they had only one dependable pair – Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying. But within a year, the pair won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

And it led to Eei Hui winning the 2016 Best Female Coach of the Year award.

She went on to groom two more reliable pairs – Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie – culminating with the mixed doubles squad earning the accolade of having three pairs ranked in the world’s top 10.

Earlier in May, Paulus Firman replaced her and she was transferred to assist Chan Chong Ming in the women’s doubles squad.

Eei Hui, however, took the decision in her stride.

“Finally, I get to take a long break. I don’t think I have ever really enjoyed a good rest ever since I played for the national team, ” said Ee Hui, who’s one of the pioneers of the Academy Badminton Malaysia at Taman Maluri in 1995.

“ I had made my decision to leave in May, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to see out my contract (which runs until Dec 31). After this I hope to venture into a private coaching career.”

Asked if she has any regrets: “I don’t think there’s any. I think I have done my best and the players felt it. As a coach, all that matters is to teach your players well, and sincerely.

“Guiding Peng Soon-Liu Ying to the Olympics silver has to be my biggest achievement as a coach, but I cherish all the other victories earned by my players as well.”

While Pei Tty’s contract was also not renewed, BAM said Rosman had parted ways with mutual consent.

Rosman’s departure did not come as a surprise after he was deemed to have underperformed when he was ‘demoted’ as the women’s doubles head coach in May.

He was then made assistant to Flandi Limpele in the men’s doubles.

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