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Yap Eager to Groom Future Malaysian Stars

Malaysia's former national coach Yap Kim Hock said he had no qualms about dropping from the top position of coaching the country's best players to a lesser role of developing young players.

Yap was the chief coach of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) from 2004 to 2008 but, after the Beijing Olympics, he agreed to move on to a new role as doubles coach of the Bukit Jalil Sports School, working under Sun Chen Hua.

Such is his love for the sport that he is happy to do anything that contributes to the well-being of Malaysian badminton. He even thanked BAM for continuing to have faith in him, saying he was the one who asked to work at the sports school.

He was quoted as saying in the Malaysian media: "Usually, chief coaches do not stay around ... probably I am the first in the BAM to stick around. I am grateful to the BAM for giving me the opportunity to work with youngsters.

"I cannot think of doing anything else except being involved in badminton. I have been involved in this game from a young age and I just love the game.

"I have the experience of having played the game and coaching the players at all levels. I want to continue doing what I love most. This is a new job and another new challenge for me."

During his time as chief coach, Yap presided during the rise of Lee Chong Wei as an Olympic silver medalist and world number one player.

He also played a part in the 2007 All England doubles triumph of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. One thing he has plenty of is experience, especially with working alongside top coaches.

"I gained a lot of knowledge in managing people. It was quite a challenging task to deal with people. I learnt a lot," he said.

"I was also exposed to new methods of coaching and I worked with some of the best coaches ¡ª Misbun Sidek, Rexy Mainaky and Li Mao ¡ª and that was good.

"We have the best coaches, facilities and incentives for the players. Our players are skillful and their techniques are good. But the players continue to be plagued with inconsistency. The coaches must find the best way to overcome this problem."

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