Kuala Lumpur: Although there’s a lot of uncertainty out there for the sport of badminton, with the ongoing (and seemingly endless) COVID-19 pandemic. But the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) was committed to strengthening the men’s doubles department as the men’s doubles head coach Flandy Limpele officially reported to work on Monday.
Despite the high expectations for Limpele, the 2004 Athens Olympic bronze medalist refused to set the goal too high in the first place even though Malaysia already had several world-class men’s doubles pairs such as World No. 9 Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, World No. 14 Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, and World No. 15 Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi.
Speaking to Malaysian media, Limpele said many things needed to be improved for the Malaysian men’s doubles pairs such as strengthening the mental and physical condition, especially before 2020 Thomas Cup Finals that will be held in Aarhus, Denmark from Oct 3 to Oct 11.
“I am still new and still trying to adjust myself with the players and system here. I would like to thank BAM and the Malaysian government for their help on my work visa and immigration process,” said Limpele.
Limpele who has coached in several countries, including Japan, Germany, and India, said he would give his best to the Malaysian team, but he does not guarantee that he will help Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik to become medal winners at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“I can only say that I will make full use of my experience and try my best to help Chia/Soh. I only started my new job today. I hope everyone will give me time to prove my ability,” added Limpele.
The 46-year-old also said that he would instill strong discipline among his players.
“I’ll emphasize strongly in team discipline and hope the players can stay united and help each other out. Each player plays differently, and each coach’s teaching methods are different. I am sure that the players will also need some time to adapt to my coaching style,” said Limpele.
In March of 2020, BAM announced the restructuring of coaches in the national team which saw Limpele was appointed as the new men’s doubles head coach replacing Paulus Firman who was tasked to coach the mixed doubles department.