Danish legend Mathias Boe is likely to return for a second spell as doubles coach of India’s badminton team after Malaysia’s Tan Kim Her turned down the offer despite approval from the sports ministry.
London Olympics silver medalist and former world No. 1 in doubles, Boe coached Indian doubles players like Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
“We really wanted to win Tan Kim Her and also get approval from SAI and the Ministry, but she later refused to accept the offer. So he’s not coming at this time,” Sanjay Mishra, Secretary General of the Indian Badminton Association (BAI), told PTI.
“We are in talks with Mathias Boe. He has experience coaching our players and has done well with Satwik and Chirag. Nothing is final yet, but we’re trying to secure his services at least until the Asian Games, if not beyond. »
Boe wants to continue coaching Indian doubles players after the Tokyo Olympics, but not on a full-time basis, which is unacceptable to the federation.
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BAI later obtained ministry approval to appoint Tan Kim Her for a five-year term until the 2026 Asian Games, but the Malaysian refused to return for a second term for personal reasons.
Under Boe’s tutelage, Satwik and Chirag won two of their three group matches at the Tokyo Olympics, but failed to qualify for the knockout rounds, which were decided on a win-loss match basis, after dramatic three-way battles for both qualifying spots.
Satwik and Chirag are currently in Mumbai for a week to train with Boe to fix a bug that has crept into their game and has been hampering their performance for the past few months.
“We played well but we lost with a draw even though our position was good. We can’t see what we did wrong,” Satwik said.
“With Boe here we thought we’d take the opportunity to train with him in the week leading up to the Asian Championships. The problem with him is that he’s very good at analyzing the game and telling us exactly how to deal with mistakes. I hope this helps us with the CBA and the Thomas Cup. »
While BAI was close to filling the duals post, it took time to fill the post of Indian men’s singles coach, which remained vacant following the sudden departure of Indonesian player Agus Dwi Santoso in November last year.
“It’s an important year with big events planned so it’s difficult to find anyone as most coaches are not very excited about making changes at this stage. But we’re in and hopefully have a good coach for singles players,” said Mishra.
Mishra, who was previously India’s youth coach, said the focus is now on empowering Indian coaches.
“I think the focus now is to appoint more Indian coaches, hold them accountable and get paid the same as foreign recruits. This is important for the development of sports in the country. »
Last December, BAI renewed their coaching staff, including Indonesia’s Dwi Kristiawan, with big-scale opportunities like the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.
Kristiawan, who joined in 2011, Muhammad Miftak, Heri Setiawan, Ade Kurniawan and Eska Riffan Jaya, who helped the pugilists, were postponed to September 30 this year.
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