Richard Mainaky Resigns from PBSI, Flandy Limpele Pays Tribute to His Former Coach

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Richard Mainaky (middle) plays an important role in helping Tontowi Ahmad (L) and Liliyana Natsir win the 2016 Rio Olympics mixed doubles gold medal. (photo: Bolasport)
Richard Mainaky (middle) plays an important role in helping Tontowi Ahmad (L) and Liliyana Natsir win the 2016 Rio Olympics mixed doubles gold medal. (photo: Bolasport)

Jakarta: The main factor behind the success of Indonesia’s mixed doubles department, Richard Mainaky, has decided to resign from the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) as Indonesia’s mixed doubles head coach after 26 years of service at the organization.

During his tenure in PBSI, Mainaky has nurtured many great mixed doubles players. One of his greatest achievements was to help Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir to win the 2016 Rio Olympics mixed doubles gold medal.

“During my time as a coach, I spent most of my time with the national team, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.,” said Mainaky to Kompas.

“Now, it’s time for me to spend more time with my family after the sacrifices they have done for me,” added Mainaky.

His official resignation date from PBSI will be on September 27.

Even though he has quit the Indonesian national setup, but he didn’t abandon the sport of badminton entirely.

According to PB Djarum (an Indonesian badminton club in Kudus, Central Java), it stated that Mainaky was still under contract with the club.

Mainaky said that he would move to Manado, North Sulawesi to spend more time with his family.

“I will not completely abandon badminton. And so far I’m still officially a coach for PB Djarum. We will have a discussion with them shortly to decide what will it be like for us in the future,” explained Mainaky.

Meanwhile, Mainaky seemed to have a mission to develop the sport of badminton in Manado.

“For sure I am not leaving badminton completely. I always wanted to coach badminton in Manado because I know it has very good facilities and a lot of talents,” said Mainaky.

The current Malaysian men’s doubles coach, Flandy Limpele who won the 2004 men’s doubles bronze medal at the Athens Olympics with Eng Hian, posted a very heart-touching story about how Mainaky was instrumental in extending Limpele’s badminton career.

‘I wish you happy retirement,
enjoy “pension time”
and Thank you for everything
ka Richard Mainaky 🙏🏻.
A little flashback…
Planning to hang up my racket in 2005, then he gave me the opportunity to play in XD with Vita Marissa who at that time was looking for a partner, even though I was already (32 years old) I was still given “life” to extend my career in national training and make achievements at an age that is not young anymore. 2008 Olympic was my 4th Olympics until finally stopped my career at the age of 37 years.
I think I was so lucky and so blessed!

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