Malaysia plans shake-up to boost Beijing prospects

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 (Reuters) Malaysian badminton chiefs plan to revamp the country's coaching set-up to stop in-fighting and improve prospects of medals at next year's Beijing Olympics.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is to review the role of chief coach Yap Kim Hock, local media reports said.

''Generally, we want the coaching set-up to be managed efficiently. As for Kim Hock, we want to help him to manage the coaches better. It means that we have to review his job functions,'' BAM general manager Kenny Goh was quoted as saying in The Star.

Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong won the All England men's doubles title this year but the country's shuttlers have generally struggled to keep up with traditional rivals China and Indonesia, particularly in singles.

Goh said tension among coaches needed to be reduced before the Beijing Games.

''It is common for the coaches to have different views over training programmes or the way things are handled but we will ensure that these problems will not disrupt the team's preparation for the Beijing Olympics,'' Goh said.

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