SHAH ALAM: Five years after leaving Malaysian shores, badminton coach Tan Kim Her will return home to join the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Kim Her is currently in charge of the England national doubles players. And he is expected to start work with the BAM before the first major assignment of the year – the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, which Malaysia will host in Kuala Lumpur in May.
Kim Her, who was an Olympic semi-finalist in the men’s doubles with Soo Beng Kiang in Atlanta in 1996, has had the experience of handling the South Korean national doubles players too and is certainly an asset in a coaching set-up of any serious badminton-playing nation.
He was the coach of the Malaysian back-up doubles shuttlers for six years before venturing overseas in 2005 to take up the task in South Korea to groom world-beating men’s doubles pairs following the retirement of Ha Tae-kwon-Kim Dong-moon and Lee Dong-soo-Yoo-Yong-sung after the 2004 Athens Olympics.
It was during his tenure that the newcomers, among them Jae Jung-sung, Lee Jae-jin, Hwang Ji-man and the now very accomplished doubles player, Lee Yong-dae, got themselves noticed on the international stage.
The BAM secretary, Gangga Rao, said that they had always been talking with Kim Her on the possibility of returning to Malaysia and it was only recently that he agreed to do so.
“I think he agreed to come back as he wants his children to settle down here. We have signed him on a two-year contract with an option for two more,” he said.
“Kim Her is expected to start work by February or March. He has the experience of coaching the South Korean players before and we hope he can complement our coaching set-up. It is for the coaching and training committee to decide on where he fits in.”
Indonesian Rexy Mainaky is currently the chief coach for the national doubles shuttlers and he is assisted by Rosman Razak, Pang Cheh Chang, Jeremy Gan and Chang Kim Wai.
Former national chief coach Yap Kim Hock is in charge of the juniors based at the Bukit Jalil Sports School together with Koay Kar Lin.