The Ministry of Sports has approved the appointment of Tan Kim Hera as the Indian coach of badminton pairs

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The Minister of Sports has appointed Tan Kim Hera as the Indian doubles coach until the 2026 Asian Games.

  • Last updated: February 25, 2022, 3:46 PM IST

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has approved the appointment of the ace of Malaysian badminton coach Tan Kim Hera as the Indian doubles coach until the 2026 Asian Games. The return of the 50-year-old to India will increase the stock of doubles combinations in the country.

24-year-old Chirag Shetty, who is 8th in the world rankings with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in men’s doubles, welcomed the announcement. “Satwik and I are happy that Coach Tana will be back with us. We always look up to him as he puts us together despite our early hesitation because even though we were similar, none of us were sure we were going to play on the front court, ”he said.

“The coach’s conviction helped us get to the level we had reached. He brought us out of nowhere in the top 16 by the time he left India. We are grateful to the Badminton Federation of India and the Ministry of Youth and Sports for their involvement, ”Chirag said.

“Coach Tan Kim Her is well aware of the Indian badminton ecosystem and its involvement will further strengthen the contingent of couples. I’m glad BAI and SAI were able to team up to execute his deal that will not only help our leading doubles couples, Chiragu (Shetty) and Satwiku (Rankireddy), but also help prepare the next in line couples bench strength. ” said Ajay K Singhania, Secretary General, BAI

In his first engagement (2015-2019) as a doubles coach in India, Tan coached Satwiksairak Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty to the top 10 in the men’s doubles rankings of the World Badminton Federation, and Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy to the top 20 in the women’s doubles rankings. couples. In addition, six pairs were ranked among the top 50 in different pairs.

Tan, who coached the Japanese men’s doubles team to win the 2021 World Cup and the mixed doubles team to a silver medal at the World Championships and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, will also be responsible for establishing the entire coaching system and planning in addition to overseeing education. coach.

Among other things, they will identify Indian trainers with potential and help develop their skills by holding four workshops each year. This will ensure that the nation will have a range of coaches paired with skills that will take Indian teams to greater heights in the future.

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