FORMER world champion Hen drawan received hundreds of responses from his disappointed fans in Facebook when news broke on his appointment as the singles coach of the Malaysian national team. And even his players could not accept it. The Indonesian tells Starsport’s RAJES PAUL on the difficult decision that he had to take and the new challenges that he is ready to face with the Malaysian team.
AN offer to coach Malaysia is nothing new to me. In fact, it dated back to 2005 during the Thomas Cup qualifying tournament in India.
Then, I was just two years into coaching the Indonesian women’s singles team.
It was Rexy (Mainaky), who approached me first. He asked whether I was interested to coach Malaysia.
That was the start and since then, I have been approached by the Malaysian officials every year until I said yes to them recently.
It took me four years to have the courage to say yes to Malaysia even though I have had offers from Hong Kong, Singapore and Poland.