Outgoing BAM coach Jeremy Gan

NATIONAL men’s doubles badminton coach Jeremy Gan, who submitted his resignation letter to BAM on Saturday, is expected to take up an offer from the Japan BA (JBA).

It is learnt that Jeremy was approached early this year by JBA to handle their doubles players.

“Japan coach Park Joo Bong has been having an eye on Jeremy for a long time. The Japanese team are strong in the men’s and women’s doubles departments, but are slightly behind in mixed doubles.

“I believe Jeremy will handle their mixed doubles squad,” said a source today.

The 38-year-old Jeremy will serve his three-month resignation notice until the end of the year with BAM before he looks at offers.

Jeremy oversaw Malaysia’s mixed doubles pairs before he was re-designated as the men’s doubles coach two years ago.

When contacted, Jeremy was tightlipped over his possible move to Japan but said he has received several offers.

Men’s doubles chief coach Cheah Soon Kit said he and BAM are looking for a replacement for Jeremy.

“I would prefer a local who is a former international as a replacement, but this matter will have to be discussed with BAM.

“We need to get someone soon as we cannot wait until Jeremy leaves. We have some names,” said Soon Kit.

It is learnt that Yap Kim Hock, Datuk Seri Jalani Sidek, Lee Wan Wah, Zakry Latif, Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choon Eng are among those in BAM’s list.

Translated from Harian Metro

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