Rexy game for new challenge despite tough task

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Olympic Games champion Rexy Mainaky is game for a bigger role after being appointed as the coaching director of the doubles department.

The 53-year-old Indonesian, who returned to Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) fold for his second stint, was initially hired as the deputy coaching director to Wong Choong Hann but a revamp of the coaching and training set-up yesterday saw him being promoted exactly four weeks after he reported for duty on Dec 1.

In fact, Rexy has more responsibility than Choong Hann, considering he’s overseeing all the three doubles departments – men, women and mixed – with six coaches and 32 players under his charge.

But Rexy is unfazed as he has plenty of experience under his belt, having previously served as the supremo of Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines national teams.

“I have a difficult task, but I look forward to working closely with Choong Hann and Datuk Kenny (Goh) to make all the necessary changes to improve the team,” said Rexy.

“With a good communication and teamwork, we can make this new structure work.”

Rexy believes having two honchos can be a good solution in addressing different issues currently faced by the team.

“We will be able to focus and deal with the root of the problem directly and in a swift manner,” said Rexy.

“It’s hard for one head to focus on everything in the previous structure. There were simply too many levels.”

Choong Hann echoed Rexy’s sentiment as he confessed that the previous structure did expose some shortcomings.

“Looking back, there were some delays when it came to decision making,” he explained.

“I think the change is for the better and I can be more focused and efficient.”

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