Rexy aims to help Malaysia win first Olympic gold

Rexy Mainaky

KUALA LUMPUR – Newly minted deputy director of coaching of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Rexy Mainaky, will make full use of his second chance to coach the national team in order to help Malaysia win its first Olympic gold in Paris 2024.

The former world champion and Olympic gold medalist from Indonesia who has been the head coach of the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) since 2017, said that the programme currently being implemented by BAM for achieving glory in Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 had attracted him to accept the position offered by the sports body.

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“Even while I was in Thailand, I followed the developments of BAM, which I think is offering a very good programme for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.

“The programme offered by BAM made me interested in accepting this offer and therefore, I want to achieve my aspiration to help Malaysian athletes win the gold in the Olympics,” he said in a video uploaded on BAM’s Youtube site today.

The former national doubles coach at BAM from 2005 to 2012 added that his first task after reporting to BAM on Dec 1 was to ensure that players and coaches shared the same desire when competing in the tournament.

Rexy said he would discuss with BAM Coaching Director Wong Choong Hann and other coaches to help him achieve the mission.

The 53-year-old doubles exponent also expressed gratitude to BAM and Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria for the opportunity given to him to participate in the project.

BAM in a statement on Tuesday said that Rexy was given the task of adding technical input to the performance index and would specifically look after the doubles players in the national squad and further improve their performance.

During his heyday, Rexy along with Ricky Subagja won the 1995 World Championship and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics gold, apart from three World Cup gold medals and four Thomas Cup titles between 1994 and 2000.