• Singapore badminton overhauls coaching staff after ‘poor’ performance in 2013 (pic)

    In football, it is not uncommon for coaches to be fired within months, sometimes weeks, of failure.

    But in badminton? Not often heard of.

    Yet it is the very course of action taken by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), on the back of what president Lee Yi Shyan acknowledged as a year of “faring poorly” at tournaments like the Li-Ning Singapore Open and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

    The association has parted ways with singles coach Luan Ching and doubles trainer Yoo Yong Sung, both of whose contracts were due to run till the end of the year.

    SBA officials confirmed that China native Luan ended his four-year tenure by consensual agreement while Yoo of South Korea resigned from a post he had held for only a year.

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