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Rashid and Rexy Lead Malaysia's 2012 Ambitions

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has officially confirmed Rashid Sidek and Rexy Mainaky as singles and doubles chief coaches respectively for the body's 2012 London Olympic Game programme.

Former Malaysian singles player Rashid and ex Indonesian doubles star Rexy will be taking charge of the current batch of experienced and young players in the quest for medals at the London Olympics.

Malaysia won one badminton medal at the recent Olympic Games in Beijing, where Lee Chong Wei earned silver in the men's singles competition.

BAM has decided to change their previous set-up, in which Yap Kim Hock was chief coach of two squads, the elite and back-up.

Yap will now act as a doubles coach at the Bukit Jalil Sports School badminton programme, working under chief coach Sun Chenhua.

According to The Star newspaper, the first duty for Rashid and Rexy is to appoint their coaching teams and select the players who they feel can give Malaysia glory in four years time.

Kenny Goh has been appointed acting project manager and will take care of administrative duties so that Rashid and Rexy can concentrate solely on grooming the players.

"Rashid and Rexy are our head coaches but, unlike the previous chief coach, they will have a list of their own players under them.

"Kenny will take over their administrative work load. The chief coaches have been given the power to place the players under three groups ¡ª elite and two back-up teams. They will also appoint the coaches. The players' performances will be reviewed every four to six months."

Malaysia has several young players waiting in the wings ready to seize their chance, even though established players like Lee, and doubles pairing Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong are still active.

BAM is also giving a second chance to players such as Kuan Beng Hong, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Ong Soon Hock, Tan Bin Shen, Gan Teik Chai and Lin Woon Fui.

Rashid is Malaysia's only previous Olympic singles medallist when he took the bronze at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lee took the silver after losing to China's Lin Dan in the final of the Beijing Games.

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