Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s national women’s singles coach Wong Tat Meng has decided to join Scotland badminton as their head coach.
Technical Director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Morten Frost has issued a statement on Wednesday to confirm Wong would not renew his contract with BAM, instead, Wong has accepted the head coach position in Scotland.
Wong Tat Meng had less-than-stellar career as a player for the Malaysian national team in early 90’s. His best achievement was becoming a two-time runner-up to Foo Kok Keong at the 1988-1989 Malaysia national championships. He was also a team member for the Malaysian team that won a gold at the 1989 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
He quit the Malaysian national team after his failure to make the 1992 Malaysian Thomas Cup squad.
Despite his unimpressive career as a player, he has a good track record as a coach. He had coached former China Open champion and two time Commonwealth Games silver medalist Wong Mew Choo during Wong’s first stint with BAM. Wong then assisted Lee Chong Wei’s ex-coach Li Mao to coach in Indonesia.
He returned to BAM as women’s singles head coach after the London Olympics, and has spent the last three years to develop world junior champion Goh Jin Wei, and World No. 30 Tee Jing Yi.
Chief Executive of Badminton Scotland, Anne Smillie has also confirmed Wong’s appointment.
“It’s a long process but it was critical that we took more time to find the right person for the position. We are looking for someone who has the credentials and capability to develop our young shuttlers into world class players, and Tat Meng is that right person,” said Smillie.
“His first test will be next year’s European Championships. Since the BWF World Championships 2017 will be held here in Glasgow, we are looking forward for him to shape a strong Scotland team,” added Smillie.
The 49-year-old Wong will start his new position in January of 2017 on a four-year contract.