Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have been revamping their coaching structure to shake things up, and they have been adding new names to their coaching squad.
Recently, BAM welcomed back the legendary Datuk Misbun Sidek after six years of separation, the core objective being to produce more “Lee Chong Weis”, that is, more world number ones.
BAM signed Datuk Misbun on a two year contract, and his role will be more specific this time — to focus solely on training Datuk Lee Chong Wei.
“Misbun is only going to be focusing on Chong Wei and the other players will be monitored and trained by the other coaches. Chong Wei, on the other hand, has also promised to be fully committed under the tutelage of Misbun.” a source told HMetro.
In addition to that, BAM have announced that there could be a new addition to the coaching squad, namely Mohd Hafiz Hashim, former All-England champion.
According to The Star, Hafiz Hashim will be attending an interview with BAM’s technical director, Morten Frost, for the position of national womens’ singles coach.
Hafiz Hashim left BAM in 2011 and ventured into the Jaguh Tangkis Badminton Club (JTBC) in 2013. He then went o to play for the Petaling Jaya Badminton Club in the Purple League.
If goes well at the interview, Hafiz Hashim would be the newest addition to the revamped coaching list.
“All the departments have more than two coaches except for the women’s singles.” Frost told The Star.
“There are plans to increase the women’s singles intake so we need another coach to strengthen the team. We have a total of five head coaches now.” he added.
However, Frost stressed that adding more coaches doesn’t mean his job scope has been reduced, he will still be overseeing all the coaches and making sure that training and competition plans are well executed.