Mulyo Handoyo, Tan Kim Her are returning as Indian badminton coaches

Indonesian Mulyo Handoyo and Malaysian Tan Kim Her will return as Indian badminton coaches in singles and doubles, and the national federation hopes to complete their terms by the end of this month.

Tough leader Mulyo, who coached gold medalist at the Athens Olympics Taufika Hidayata, has been in India for a short time and is credited with the success of male individuals such as Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy in 2017.

Tan Kim Her, on the other hand, is the man responsible for creating the best Indian pair in the doubles of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksaira Rankireddy, who under his leadership won silver at the Commonwealth Games, played a key role in the 2018 team gold and also broke into the 20 the best in the world.

“Mulyo and Tan Kim Her are among the few top names to apply for these positions after we applied for them, and BAI (Badminton Association of India) wants to take advantage of their services as they have previous experience working with our Indian players,” the secretary said. BAI said Ajay Singhania PTI.

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BAI applied for the coaching post on November 18 after male single coach Agus Dwi Santoso left last month, a few weeks before the end of his contract.

“Mulyo and Tan have been on the Indian schedule, so we favor them, and we hope to get their services from the Indian Open in January. Of course, that has yet to be completed because we are still discussing the details,” Singhania said.

Under Muly, Indian male shuttles secured five unprecedented Super Series titles in 2017, including four Srikantha titles and one Praneetha title.

“The contracts of all the coaches expire in December, so we will have to close the appointments by this month. Our head coach Pullela Gopichand is talking to the coaches about various issues such as salaries, accommodation, etc.”

In his last term, Mulyo did not complete his contract and resigned in December 2017 to join the Singapore team, while Tan Kim Her, who had a contract until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, resigned in 2019 and continued to coach Japanese national team. .

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Keeping in mind the Tokyo Olympics, BAI won a silver medal at the London Olympics and former world number one Mathias Boe for Indian pair Satwik and Chirag, who won two of three matches in their group in the Japanese capital.

Boe’s contract was until the Olympics, but the Danish great said he wanted to continue coaching doubles players and sent a detailed proposal to BAI.

Asked why he was not considered, Singhania said: “Boe is a good coach, but he could not commit to a permanent role, he wanted it more as a temporary basis which is something that could not be worked out.” India’s next task is the World Cup which is set to begin on Sunday in Huelva, Spain.

While the coach of defending champion PV Sindhua Park Tae Sang is already in Spain, Indian coaches Siyadatullah and Arun Vishnu (doubles) traveled to Spain on Thursday and will share responsibility with competing players.

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