Rexy’s back with BAM

Moving on: Rexy Mainaky had just ended a few fruitful years with the Badminton Association of Thailand as their head coach.

PETALING JAYA: Rexy Mainaky is back to spice up Malayia’s badminton scene.

The Indonesian has rejoined the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as the assistant coaching director and his immediate boss Wong Choong Hann is thrilled with Rexy’s presence to enhance the nation’s badminton standard.

Choong Hann sees the 53-year-old Indonesian doubles legend as a good addition to the existing coaching set-up and is keen to tap into his expertise to beef up the doubles department.

The BAM, who were a keen admirer of Rexy having approached him several times in recent years, wasted no time in snapping up the 1996 Atlanta gold medallist as soon as he became available.

Rexy had just ended a few fruitful years with the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) as their head coach.

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

Kantaphon Wangcharoen also became the first men’s singles shuttler from his country to win a bronze medal at the World Championships in Basel two years ago 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.

BAM will certainly hope Rexy can replicate the same success in his second stint with Malaysia.

Rexy had a successful tenure with BAM from 2005 to 2012 where he was best known for guiding Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to become the world No. 1 men’s doubles pair. It was also under him that Kien Keat-Boon Heong won the 2006 Asian Games gold in Doha and 2007 All-England title.

“Rexy’s inclusion will definitely add value to the doubles department with his expertise and vast experience,” said Choong Hann, who’s with the team in Paris for the French Open.

“I’m looking forward to working with him. We know each other very well as I was still in the national team as a player back then during his first stint.

“He should blend in almost immediately because he’s well-versed with the Malaysian badminton.

“We will finalise soon the details of his role. We will be working closely to help national shuttlers produce better results. That’s why we bring him in.”

Rexy will become the fifth Indonesian to be part of the BAM coaching set-up.

The four other head coaches under him are Hendrawan (men’s singles), Indra Wijaya (women’s singles), Flandi Limpele (men’s doubles) and Paulus Firman (mixed doubles).

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