PETALING JAYA: Coach Rexy Mainaky clarified yesterday that his comment on arrogance was not directed solely at Koo Kien Keat but to all the doubles players under his charge.
And he hoped that the future generation of players would adopt better attitude in embracing victories and accepting defeats.
On Wednesday, prior to the Badminton Association of Malaysias (BAM) coaching and training committee meeting, Rexy expressed his views on the current doubles players in the national team, especially on those who took part at the recent Beijing Olympics Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.
I had intended the talk on arrogance to be a general statement of the mens doubles players. I did not mean it to be directed to one single player, he said.
Rexy added that he would work on solutions to make the mens doubles department a potent force with lots of talent.
I invited Koo and Tan for dinner on the fifth day after the team returned from Beijing. It was good to chat with them. But more work is needed to get them back to where they were, he added.
Much hopes were placed on Kien Keat-Boon Heong in Beijing but they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual gold medallists Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.