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Speculation Rife Over Future of Malaysian Head Coach Yap

Malaysia's national coach Yap Kim Hock is expected to quit his post after the Olympics - at least that is what the country's media is speculating.

The Star reported that Yap has already decided his future but is not giving away his plans just yet.

He vowed to reveal all after the men's singles final of the Beijing Olympic Games badminton tournament, which starts on August 9 at the Beijing Technology University.

The Star said that Yap is expected to leave the top coaching job no matter how well, or badly, the Malaysian team perform at the Olympics.

Or, it depends on whether the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) makes him an attractive enough offer to stay on.

He was quoted as saying: "My focus is on the team's preparation for the Beijing Olympic Games. Please, I do not want to think about what I want to do after Beijing. Not now.

"I will announce whether I want to stay on as chief coach or not on August 17 - after the men's singles final. By then, we will have nothing to worry about."

One suggestion is that, should he quit, he will turn his attention to developing the next generation of Malaysian juniors at the Bukit Jalil Sports School.

One strange event is that Yap, despite being head coach, does not have accreditation for the Olympics.

The four team passes handed out by the organisers were distributed among manager Lim Teong Keat and coaches Misbun Sidek, Rexy Manaiky and Wong Tat Meng.

Yap is forced to watch from the stands as a ticket-buying spectator.

BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh explained it away by saying: "We had limited number of passes and had to leave out out chief coach Kim Hock. Kim Hock, we have nothing against you."

Nadzmi was also guarded when prompted about the future of the coaching staff.

He was quoted as saying: "For now, all the positions of the coaches are status quo. We will look into it after the Beijing Games. Even I may not want to continue as the president. We have not decided on anything yet."

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