Tan Kim Her resigns as India’s doubles coach, citing personal reasons

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Good luck to Tan Kim Her (second from right) in his future endeavors. (photo: BAI)

New Delhi: Badminton Association of India (BAI) has confirmed that Malaysian coach, Tan Kim Her has resigned from BAI as India’s doubles badminton coach, citing personal reasons.

According to a source from BAI, the 47-year-old Tan, whose contract with the BAI is up after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was said to receive a better offer from some other country. He originally would like to negotiate an extension with BAI until 2024, which was not possible at this time, has then decided to move on.

The BAI secretary, Omar Rashid told Indian media that: “Yes, Tan Kim Her has resigned as doubles coach. He had put down his papers about a month back. He had some family problems.”

Rashid has also clarified that there was not any truth to speculations that Tan will be coaching in other countries.

However, India’s doubles player Chirag Shetty hinted that Tan will be joining the Nippon Badminton Association, the governing body of badminton in Japan as their doubles coach.

“Tan Kim Her left India yesterday and he will be joining the Japan national team,” said Chirag.

Tan Kim Her who has coached in England, South Korea and Malaysia before, has left a positive influence in Indian badminton. It was under him that Chirag and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy emerged as India’s premier men’s doubles pair. The Indian duo is currently ranked 20th in the world. The women’s pair of N. Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa has also done well under the Malaysian’s guidance. Together, they claimed bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“I came to know about his resignation a two-three weeks; he told us that he is leaving. It was a big news for us,” said Satwiksairaj, who is nursing a shoulder injury. “He had a huge influence on us. It is an Olympic year but thankfully a new coach is coming, so we need to talk to him and see how his game suit us. We will get to see a different kind of approach now. So some small things will change but it won’t make much difference because our game is mostly attacking and we just need someone to guide us,” he added.

The responsibility of guiding the doubles pairs now rests on two new doubles coaches — Flandy Limpele and Namrih Suroto. The two coaches from Indonesia have been hired by the BAI.

If the news of Tan joining the Nippon Badminton Association turn out to be true, he will be the third Malaysian coach who join the Japanese badminton in less than a year and a half. Few days ago, two-time Asian men’s doubles champion Lee Wan Wah has confirmed that he will begin coaching Japanese junior boys on April 1st, 2019 while Jeremy Gan, has been in charge of Japan’s mixed doubles athletes since late 2017.

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