KUALA LUMPUR: Yap Kim Hock (former men’s doubles Olympic Games silver medallist) could become the doubles national coach with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) again.
President Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, secretary Ng Chin Chai and general manager Kenny Goh interviewed him on Friday. They will let Kim Hock know about their decision on March 20. The comittee will also decides what will happen to Tan Kim Her, the existing national coach; and whether Datuk Misbun Sidek will accept the position of the coaching director for BAM.
According to Chin Chai, Kim Hock seemed pretty happy about the interview, and was hoping he can rejoin and contribute to the national team.
Kim Hock believed with his experience, he could help to rebuild Malaysia's men's doubles, and could help find the right partner for Tan Boon Heong. It was Kim Hock, as the then BAM chief coach, and doubles coach Rexy Mainaky who helped pair up Boon Heong and Kien Keat in late 2006. The pair went on to win several major titles for the country, including the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the 2007 All-England.
Kim Hock was BAM chief coach for four years until 2008. He was then demoted to coaching the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS). He was with BJSS for four years until 2012. His contract, however, was not renewed.
He currently conducts private coaching at his centre – YKH Academy – in Pandamaran, Klang.