NATIONAL chief coach Yap Kim Hock is ready to meet the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president to find out what made national number one Lee Chong Wei take a swipe at him.
“I am not letting this (Chong Wei’s revelation) affect me. I will take it all in my stride,” said Kim Hock yesterday.
On Thursday, Chong Wei said that he had a personal problem with Kim Hock after suffering a 11-21, 9-21 defeat by Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the third round of the World Championships.
Kim Hock admitted that as a chief coach, he had questioned the move by Chong Wei to train under Misbun Sidek, as he wanted to be sure that it was the right thing.
“The matter was settled a long time ago. I do not want to go into details on this. The president (Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh) said that he wanted to meet both of us and I am looking forward to the meeting,” said Kim Hock.
The BAM general manager, Kenny Goh, said that a date for the meeting had not been fixed yet.
“I had a talk with Kim Hock and he was surprised over Chong Wei’s statement,” said Kenny.
On the overall performances of the Malaysian team in the World Championships, which ended yesterday, Kim Hock said: “Our preparation was thorough but it was unfortunate that we could not see a world champion again.
“Chong Wei and (Mohd) Hafiz (Hashim) did give their best. Chong Wei could have played better but he was not the only big name to fall. Taufik Hidayat and Peter Gade-Christensen also fell. But I want the players to forget what had happened and look ahead.”
On the failure of Tan Boon Heong-Koo Kien Keat to live up to their second seeding in the men’s doubles, Kim Hock said: “They have learnt their lesson and must now look forward to a good showing in the Beijing Olympics next year.”
Kim Hock added that the stunning performances of Wong Mew Choo, who pulled off an upset win over two-time world champion Xie Xingfang, made up for the disappointment in the men’s events.