PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles ace Chan Peng Soon is confident his former coach Rosman Razak will not have problems finding success elsewhere after being released by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
While it is widely known that Chin Eei Hui, the other coach dropped, was instrumental in helping Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying win the mixed doubles silver at the Rio Olympics four years ago, Peng Soon was equally saddened by Rosman’s departure.
The 32-year-old said he would have not come this far had it not been for Rosman who took him into the national team when he was 18 in 2006.
Rosman, who was then in charge of the men’s doubles squad, roped in Peng Soon for BAM’s Project 2010-2012 squad.
In his brief stint as a doubles player, Peng Soon and partner Lim Khim Wah won the National Championships in 2008 and the Thailand Open in 2009.
“I wasn’t really a good player at that time, but Rosman gave me the opportunity, ” Peng Soon said.
“He probably saw something in me that deserved a chance.
“He’s definitely a good coach, someone who has an eye for talent.
“So I’m really grateful for the chance he has given me.
“I’m quite sad when I learned that Rosman and Eei Hui were among those dropped (alongside Wong Pei Tty).
“But I believe they will continue to strive and find success elsewhere.
“Let’s hope they’ll land a new job soon in this trying times.”
Rosman knew the writing was on the wall when he was demoted as the women’s doubles head coach in May and was replaced by Chan Chong Ming.
The 44-year-old spent the last six months assisting Flandi Limpele in the men’s doubles department.
And Rosman has every right to feel hard done as he was not given ample time to groom the next top pair to succeed world No. 15 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and long-serving Vivian Hoo.
He was already in the midst of whipping up world-beaters in Pearly Tan and M. Thinaah, who started from scratch in the middle of last year to reach the world No. 39 before everything came to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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