A swansong for many?
BAM patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (fourth from left) together with the Olympic bound shuttlers and officials at Juara Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — Pic: KHALID REDZA
THE Beijing Olympics may not just be the final fling for a number of shuttlers as Malaysia’s performance will also determine the fate of several officials.
Among the players who will be competing in the Olympics for the last time are Wong Choong Hann, men’s doubles Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and women’s doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui while the likes of Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo are unsure of their participation in the 2012 London Olympics.
Only Koo Kien Keat, 23, and Tan Boon Heong, 21, seem sure of staying on for the next Olympics.
BA of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Nadzmi Salleh has already hinted that he may call it a day when the national body’s annual general meeting (AGM) and elections are held later this year.
Nadzmi, who took over from Datuk Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan in 2000, is looking forward to seeing Malaysia win their first Olympics gold in Beijing and this could serve as a parting gift.
National chief coach Yap Kim Hock is also contemplating his future and has stated that he will make a decision after the Olympics.
“I just want to focus my attention on our objective to win a medal and will make a decision after the Olympics,” said Kim Hock.
“The position of the coaches will be reviewed next month and I don’t want to preempt anything.”
Kim Hock was promoted as chief coach in 2005 and his contract expires in December.
Project 2010-2012 coach Rashid Sidek is strongly tipped to take over as the head coach while national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky is also being mentioned as a potential replacement.
However, Rexy could also decide to seek new challenges if the men’s doubles win gold in Beijing but the former Olympic gold medallist has shown interest in fulfilling his contract which runs until June next year.
BAM would also have to find a new role for another singles coach Wong Tat Meng who practically has only Choong Hann and Yeoh Kay Bin under his supervision.
This is because Choong Hann is expected to quit at the end of the year while Kay Bin might decide to leave even earlier.