Former Malaysian doubles team coach Tan Kim Her has resigned from the Malaysian Badminton Association to take charge of India's doubles players.
Kim Her represented Malaysia as a player at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and went on to serve as head coach of Malaysia, South Korea and England.
“There have been ups and downs coaching the Malaysian badminton team, but I’ve learnt a lot. I was the chief coach once and then I was asked to handle the back-up squad…it’s all a humbling experience,” he told thestar.com.my.
“I have a five-year contract with India. My immediate task is to prepare the men and women’s doubles pairs for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. My long-term goal is to produce medalists at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“I’ve been also tasked with developing the mixed doubles pairs in India…it’s something interesting and exciting for me.”
Kim Her was announced as India’s new coach in July. He will depart Malaysia on Monday to take up his new position, but offered some final words of advice to the country’s players.
“These players must have ambition. It’s pointless being in the national team without knowing which direction you want to take,” said Kim Her.
“The ambition must come from the heart…the coaches can only do so much to encourage and motivate them.”
“I’ve seen many players leave the national set-up to join the professional stable, but not many have lasted long in the badminton scene after that. The national set-up still offers the best facility and opportunities.”