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players who wish to earn their coaching badge once they escape from the glare of the
spotlight, and a former world champion who has earned his badge plus the latest world
rankings and results only on Badminton World A coach is the guiding light for any
athlete he or she is the tactician, mentor,
confidante and organizer all rolled into one. In short a coach is the fountain of
knowledge. Any athlete wouldn’t want to squander the opportunity to have someone who had been in their
shoes to act as the teacher. It’s no wonder that an actual step
for shuttler to take when he or she calls it a day to become a coach. …exemplified by
the likes of Lee Yongbo, Park Joo-bong, Rexy Mainaky, Pullela Gopichand, Kenneth Jonassen, Misbun Sidek, Hendrawan and Joko Suprianto, just to name a few. Earlier there was Christian Hadinata, Han Jian, Yang Yang, and Chen Changjie. If you turn the clock further back, you would have discovered the era of Tang Xian-, hu, Fang Kai Xiang, and Hou Jia Chang, all players of repute who made the smooth
transition from player to coach. Hadinata remains an influential
coaching figure in Indonesia having been one of the architects of his
country’s most successful era in the nineties, which yielded a
return of eight World Championship titles, and four Olympic gold medals. Hadinata a men’s doubles world champion alongside Ade Chandra in 1980 before carving out a reputation as a
coach credits his success to the previous generation of coaching. “When you see the founding fathers of badminton in Indonesia, there were
plenty of them. …… They were the ones who elevated Indonesia into a prestigious badminton powerhouse.” Hadinata too has spawned a legacy that he can be proud of. Among his charges was Rexy Mainaky, a men’s doubles Olympic-gold-medalist- turned-coach. I made the decision to become a coach just before I retired from badminton. I was constantly consulting Christian
Hadinata, asking him what does it take to become a
coach. Sometimes I would follow him to his training sessions. Also at that time we had a physical
trainer — the late Tahir Djide He gave me a lot of advice on coaching.
In the beginning I used to have a hard time trying to
contain my emotions. When we were players we had no problems
letting those emotions out. But as a coach we have to be in control
of everything, especially our emotions. That was the
hardest part for me.” Countries outside China and Indonesia are also looking at creating a
bigger pool of coaches. Players who have gone through it are all
of course the preferred choice. England’s doubles specialist Alexandra
Langley has no qualms of making the switch one day. “I would like to go into coaching. I’d like to coach some young players and bring them on and hopefully
inspire them to play badminton especially in England.”
All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl, so Alex is hoping to be a coach
who is able to be tough and occasionally laugh.
“Well my coaches are very good, and they are very strict but they can also have a laugh I think I’d like to be fun but also be quite strict as well to make sure that
everyone stays in line.”
With former All-England champ Pullela Gopichand as the benchmark, India’s Anand Pawar is eager to develop his coaching genes
inherited from father Uday “I think for sure coaching as my father is also a coach right
now and he has his own training centre so I think maybe I will take over
at my own but I’m not sure but I think I’m gonna coach for sure.”
The trick in establishing a successful relationship between coach and player is to create a balance between being a
friend and the teacher. “I think it’s important to have the right mix of being strict and also not being friends exactly but also being a fun coach, it’s important to have a good
mix if you wanna be a good coach and a successful coach so I think I will try my best to have both”
Having played at the highest level is a bonus for Pawar with the extra insight knowledge
Pawar will be able to impart his skills in what could well be the difference
between winning and losing for his players. “I think it makes a lot of difference
if the coaches also played at a high level you know you can make a
lot of difference in a match with small changes and tactics and things like that so I think being a former player will be quite helpful you know quite helpful to have played
a lot of badminton before being a coach.” For Irish shuttler Sam Magee who comes from
the famous Magee family in Donegal, he intends to give back to the game as a coach.
“Yeah definitely that’s what I wanted to do, I want to give back in trying to
coach if I can find the job I think I need to start doing some coaching degrees as I am still playing to try to educate myself more.
I’ve seen a lot I’m gonna think I can help the younger players coming through in Ireland.
It’s definitely the passion for me.” And Sam has a specific area that he
would like to develop further when he becomes a coach. “I think the technique side of it. I think it really needs to be improved in Ireland. I think if
at the lower level if the kids are starting if they can have a better technique then they will stand themselves a lot better to be better senior players.”
He doesn’t want to be regarded neither as a hard taskmaster nor a lenient coach.
“I think I’m I think I’m in between I don’t think I’m too strict down I think I’d like to find a middle ground between both.” Badminton No sport comes close. “I was like.. Carsten Mogensen from Denmark he has a really great style else like Koo Kien Keat from Malaysia
I think he has a really nice style Definitely it’d be Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli from China
we say that they are almost two boys playing because they are so
strong in the ladies’ doubles so it will be the toughest couple to beat The best net player.. from Denmark I think
Christinna Pedersen is very good I think again Koo Kien Keat is one
of the best net player in the world I cannot say myself.. no just kidding
I think Carsten Mogensen has the biggest smash on the tour I think we have chances to take medals to Denmark I hope Denmark can bring home the medal”
Coming up next what would be the most important criteria for a player to become a coach. Stay tuned to find out! “Hi everyone. I am Chen Jin. We are now watching Badminton World” Welcome back to Badminton World Malaysian badminton players are spoilt for
choice when it comes to getting good training as that many infrastructures as well as
training academies set up in order to nurture budding talents. In fact in every school’s community hall
and playground in Malaysia you’ll find badminton courts. BAM which is the sport’s governing body in Malaysia trains the current squad at
the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Plans are underway to redevelop this
existing location into a state-of-the-art training center. Malaysian players will not only benefit from
this but it will become a badminton hub for the region. Besides the national badminton academy
there are many other independent academies that have either been opened by our previous
badminton players or opened by multinational companies that
have the same aim in mind to turn our badminton players into
international superstars. There is no denying that Malaysia is
truly committed in ensuring that they produce world-class players. With plans and progress made for the
benefit of these players one cannot deny the fact that one day
Malaysia might be a hub for badminton players from all over the world to train.
The possibilities are endless for this badminton-crazy nation. Back to the issue of players turning to
coaching A fine example of a world champion taking
up the challenge of producing champions is Rexy Mainaky. The 1996 Olympic Games gold medallist
is now back in Indonesia as Head of Development,
having journeyed to England, Malaysia, and the Philippines as a coach.
But it was not all the better roses for Rexy. Here he offers his advice. “If possible before they retire and decide to become a coach they must study a lot of things
especially every aspect of coaching plus they must update the current
knowledge on other methods which is implying sports science in their training. We must understand that because if you
talk about eating skills and techniques that is not a problem anymore. But now
the main aim is to elevate player’s performance through sports science. Half of the battle in creating a champion
is one if the player is committed to the cause
therein lays the challenge It takes two to tango. A coach’s task
is made easier if his players are determined to succeed. “It all boils down to our desire and commitment but if you lose the desire then we wouldn’t have any commitment. I really emphasize on
that. If we talk about skills, yeah it’s important but the main thing that I stress on is their attitude. Firstly of course it’s discipline. If there is discipline automatically the attitude will be positive. If there’s no discipline it’s not worth talking about the attitude. So that part is important to me.” Rexy’s sentiment is shared by
1992’s women’s singles Olympic gold medalist Susi Susanti For her it is all hard work and more
hard work plus a number of other factors as well. “Definitely you have to work hard, you must
want to work hard you must want to train harder because there
can only be one champion so in order to be a champion you must train extra hard If you don’t go the extra mile, not
willing to fight for it, not willing to train then you would
never achieve good results.” But a champion may not necessarily be
cut out to be a champion coach but for Susi it is a learning curve
it’s about processes The process of developing human capital
micromanaging individual and implementing strategic planning and
she is game for it. “For me everything needs process. It’s a
constant learning curve because when we were players everything was done for us but as coaches we need lead everything
out for the players so it’s a process of learning how to
manage each player, learning how to analyze players’ style of playing, and tailoring their training. You must also
strategize and plan Plan their training sessions, focus on their
weaknesses all of which must be analyzed.” An active senior play toying with the
idea of coaching is Vita Marissa. The doubles specialist wants to make a
difference as a coach. “If I have the chance I would like
to try other fields but because it’s my hobby
I may turn to coaching.” She talks about polo and the need
to make her charges feel comfortable with her the day she decides to be a coach “If I become a coach my training methods will be different
from other players For me I want the players to be at ease
when I train them I want to be close to my players.” The process of creating champions is not
as simple as ABC but with an athlete-centred, coach-focused
concept the challenge is much easier to deal with.
Having an ex-shuttler sharing his or her decades of experience with their charges, it’s definitely the way forward.
Badminton No sport comes close. Sometimes before a match a shuttler’s mental state is as taut as it is fragile. Under the circumstances
locker room ritual seems crucial It’s like a great big match sticks
structure if every piece is not symmetrically in place it can all fall down. We spoke to a few
former players on their rituals ahead of the game.
“Right before I went on if I knew that the crowd was gonna be tough on me …… welcome
to the jungle because you know it’s you against
the crowd and you have to kinda blank that out so I’ll be hearing
that while I was playing and then otherwise it will be probably
Metallica …as a little bit you know you against everybody else
that’s the kind of music so it just got me into that frame of mind.” “I would pray that I will only play well.
I will not pray for a win. Just that I will play well. If I asked for a win, my opponent will also pray for a win this would result in the All Mighty getting confused not knowing who to give the win to
so i will pray to only play well because if I play well the likelihood that I can win is there.” “Introduce myself to music, to yoga, to breathing, to alternate the methods of improving performance whether it is the mental strength or different
things so it really helped me when I were a bit tight” “If there is a big match coming or if I’m playing
the next day I will go shopping or for excursions. I will just take it easy.” Coming up on Badminton World results of the Li-Ning Singapore Open
plus we speak to a former world champion bidding to coach China’s top women’s singles “My name is Misaki Matsutomo. This is Badminton World” Welcome back to the Badminton World Li-Ning Singapore Open in June became a
platform for Indonesia and China to share honours. Indonesia bagged 3 while
China took home two categories at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir
started the final day well for Indonesia by lifting the mixed doubles’
after defeating South Korea’s Yoo Yeon-seong and Eom Hye-won. Then Tommy
Sugiarto fully capitalized on the absence of Lin Dan, Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei to take the men’s singles title his
first Super Series victory Playing his first Super Series final Tommy, son of 1983 World Champion Icuk, shocked defending champion Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand while in the women’s singles Wang Yihan beat compatriot Li Xuerui 21-18, 21-12 and in the women’s doubles final China’s
Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei maintained their reputation as the pair to beat as the Olympic champions overcame Japan’s
Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. Indonesia’s third
win came from Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan who repeated their win on home ground by
defeating Korea’s top pair Now let’s take a peek at the world
rankings after the Singapore Open Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei retains his
number one spot in the men’s singles and for the first time Tommy Sugiarto join the big boys in the top 10 after streak of excellent play. In the
women’s singles Li Xuerui still reigns supreme with compatriot Wang Yihan at number two after going up three
spots Saina Nehwal climbed one spot to
number three while Juliane Schenk dropped to number four Thai sensation Ratchanok Intanon went
down two places to take number five Despite losing both the Djarum Indonesia
Open and Singapore Open finals to the same pair Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae are
firmly on top of the men’s doubles section, there are no changes in the top 5
men’s doubles. The same goes for the women’s doubles no changes in the lineup with Wang Xiaoli
and Yu Yang remain on top and it’s also the same in the mixed
doubles the top five pairs remain unchanged with China’s Xu Chen and Ma Jin sitting pretty
at the top Next month all eyes will focus on Guangzhou China as top shuttlers battle for honours at
the BWF World Championships from August 5th till the 11th. A month after that is the
BWF World Senior Championships to be held at Ankara Turkey from September 9th till
the 14th At the same time the Li-Ning China
Masters will take place at Changzhou China from the 10th till the 15th. This will be
followed by the Yonex Open Japan on the 17th till the 22nd at Tokyo. For
more information you can visit BWF official website thisTmonth in our player profile we speak
exclusively to Chen Jin the 2010 world champion who is adjusting to life as a coach. An athlete usually reaches his or her peak in their late 20’s but as the saying
goes – man proposes God disposes just four months after turning 27 Chen Jin has quitted badminton plagued by injuries Chen Jin who bagged
the prestigious world title in Paris in 2010 has hung up his racket but only
as a player he’s taking the most natural step –
becoming a coach “The reason is mainly due to
injuries I have sustained I’m almost 28 years old and still can
play if not for the injuries.”
Chen Jin is now impacting his knowledge to the women’s singles team in the Chinese national set-up. “I had just retired from top of badminton action the experience I have is still very current and relevant as a coach I can share my knowledge with
the team and younger players so that they can learn from my
experience.” Is the transition from a player to coach difficult? “The transition is not difficult it’s a matter of changing my mindset to
focus on the team and not myself. As a player I only have
to take care of my own schedule diet, training, physical and mental
well-being As a coach the focus is on the team
caring and managing their physical and mental
well-being on top of coaching.” Chen Jin has promised to be a coach who communicates well with his charges “I’m a more easy-going and patient coach communication is important between coach
and players especially since I’m coaching the women’s singles team from a men’s singles player
perspective. Therefore it is important for me to
understand the character and temperament of each of the female players and communicate with them effectively so
that we can understand each other.” As a former world champion
Chen Jin cherishes his memories of climbing the podium he is therefore in a good position to
elevate the standard of players under his wings “I’m very happy to be part of the China
badminton team To be in the team we share and
contribute to all our success, glory and failure together” Chen Jin listed the 2010 World
Title as his greatest achievements “It has to be the 2010 BWF World
Championships in Paris” and he has little time for regrets. “I can’t say that there are any
regrets in regards to the 2008 Olympics everyone wants to be the winner. Beyond skills winning is also based on various factors
such as luck and other existing conditions. I
have done my best and won a medal and I’m happy about it.”
And after having created history himself in badminton Chen Jin will want to continue making
new ones for badminton China Badminton World wishes him the best of luck.
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