KUALA LUMPUR: Speculation is rife that China’s Li Mao and Wong Tat Meng may make a return to the national badminton team as coaches.
Li Mao had coached the men’s singles department for more than two years from 2005 to 2007 before leaving the national team in a huff to take up an offer in Indonesia. Tat Meng joined him when he too was offered a lucrative deal.
There is no doubt that Li Mao played a significant role in improving Lee Chong Wei’s game during his tenure but the coach left on a sour note, citing his unhappiness with the management for not giving him the full power to manage the players.
If the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are actually thinking about re-hiring him, they had better remember that this was the man who did not even have the courtesy to hand over his job responsibilities in a proper manner before walking out on them.
If BAM are seriously considering Li Mao as an option, then they must be willing to give the man full authority to run the programme or they may risk losing him the same way again.