KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coach Tan Kim Her will not make any changes to the men’s doubles line-up unless it is really necessary.
Kim Her made this commitment after the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) brought him back as a doubles coach on Thursday to replace Indonesian Paulus Firman, who tendered his resignation last month.
Former doubles head coach Kim Her has been serving as a BAM assessor for the last two months, a job which required him to assess all the national coaches and handle some administrative work.
He will now continue his work as an assessor while also serving as the doubles coach. Together with coach Pang Cheh Chang, Kim Her will take charge of 24 doubles shuttlers in the national team.
Before his departure, Paulus had worked with Cheh Chang to form six new pairs – Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang, Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi, Nelson Heg Wei Keat-Tan Wee Gieen, Low Juan Shen-Tai An Khang and Tan Yip Jiun-Yew Hong Khong.
The top two existing pairs are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.
Over the last three years, several changes have been made – with coaches switching doubles partnerships at their whim and fancy.
Kim Her said that he would stick with the current line-up and focus on grooming them into solid partnerships for the future.
“I will discuss with Pang and come up with a comprehensive programme for these players. I will not make any changes unless we are really pushed into a corner. We do not want to keep making changes as it will disrupt our plans,” said Kim Her.
“For now, the focus will be on the back-up pairs. We want to push them to the fore and give them due exposure. We cannot go on focusing on the elite pairs as we need to groom more solid ones for the future. This will be our top priority and preference,” he said.
On his return to coaching after two months as an assessor, Kim Her said that he had gained much insight and experience.
“As an assessor, I was able to see the other side of the coin. I was assessing the coaches and spending time on planning and doing paper work. It has surely given me fresh insight and I am sure that it will help me become a better coach. It was a good learning experience for me,” said Kim Her.
Although he has been chosen as a replacement for Paulus, Kim Her will continue to be an assessor on a part-time basis. The other BAM assessor is Razif Sidek.