Kuala Lumpur: Jeremy Gan arrived at Academy Badminton Malaysia on November 16th with mixed emotions, as that was his last day with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Gan who joined BAM at the age of 14, has spent total of 24 years with the organization both as a player and as a coach.
“I would like to thank BAM for giving me a lot of freedom to coach my players. As a coach, my target was to produce a world champion or an Olympic champion. Unfortunately, I was really close in reaching the target, but for now, I have to accept the imperfection,” said Gan to Malaysian media.
As BAM’s men’s doubles coach, Gan was able to lead Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong to the final of Rio Olympic. Goh-Tan had two match points in a nail-biting finish to the 16-21, 21-11, 23-21 thriller against China’s Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the Olympic final, but agonizingly, they blew both of them by duffing serves into the net to allow Fu and Zhang close out the decider abruptly on their first match point when Tan netted in a brief front-court exchange.
Jeremy Gan submitted his resignation letter to BAM at the end of September, and will join Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) next January as the mixed doubles head coach.
“Due to advancement in technology, there’s no more secret in players’ training method, playing style and tactics.”
“Often it is the smallest things that make the biggest difference, therefore, attention to detail, and improving the quality of training is a key attribute to develop a successful player.”
“Originally, I have to serve my three-month resignation notice until the end of the year with BAM. Since I still have some unused annual leave, I can spend them all and make today to be my last day at BAM.”
Gan was officially named as Japan’s mixed doubles coach last Friday and one of his task will be to produce winners at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.