Misbun returns to BAM, Mew Choo announces retirement

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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Datuk Misbun Sidek who quit in a huff three months ago, made an about turn and returned to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

BAM is also expected to offer Wong Mew Choo who announced her retirement yesterday due to prolonged injury, a chance to turn coach.

BAM president Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Salleh said Misbun had agreed to retract his resignation letter submitted on Dec 31, 2010 and accept a new contract to be offered soon.

Misbun who was also Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s coach, had kept mum on his future after his quit decision had stirred a controversy among badminton fans, players, officials and BAM.

Even after Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and National Sports Council director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong had met Misbun a number of times, the former national number one, the matter had remained unresolved until the recent announcement.

Nadzmi also praised the national women top shuttler for her contribution for the country.

“BAM wish to record our appreciation to Mew Choo’s contribution towards the country since 2003,” he told reporters after chairing a BAM council meeting here yesterday.

Among Mew Choo’s notable achievements were a quarterfinal spot in the 2007 World Championships and a team gold in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games last year. Currently ranked 14 in the Badminton World Federation ranking, Mew Choo had reached 7th spot, her highest standing, in October 2008.

Nadzmi added that BAM would extend the contracts of doubles coach Rexy Mainaky and Hendrawan Sugianto for another two years and also bid for the 2013 Sudirman Cup host job.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Shabery said Misbun’s return to coach Chong Wei would further boost Malaysia’s gold medal winning prospect at the 2012 London Olympics. — Bernama