Badminton: Rexy’s doubles dare | The Star

PETALING JAYA: Rexy Mainaky has lost some weight but it has nothing to do with managing the huge expectations in the doubles department.

“Yes, I have lost some weight since I joined Malaysia but it’s not because of my job. In fact, I’ve been trying to lose some kilos as I need to shed all those fat,” said the jovial Rexy, who was appointed as the national doubles coaching director on Dec 1 last year.

“Trying to lose weight and fighting hard to change the fortunes of Malaysia in the doubles are both a challenge … but I enjoy it.”

Rexy’s not a person who gives up on his players easily and he has now upped the ante.

He wants the doubles department to meet Malaysia’s two-gold medal target at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July 28 to Aug 8.

Many assumed that it would be quite difficult for the team to meet a two-gold medal target set by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in the absence of top singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia, who has opted out to focus on the World Championships. in Tokyo next month, but Rexy begs to differ.

“The doubles department can achieve this goal. I have faith in the men’s doubles and women’s doubles to win and it will be great if our mixed doubles can rise to the occasion too,” said Rexy.

Those going to Birmingham are Aaron-Wooi Yik, Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah and Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing while the singles players are Ng Tze Yong and Goh Jin Wei.

With India, England and Singapore having better depth in their teams this year, it will not be easy for Malaysia in the Commonwealth Games as it used to be in the past.

“Our players are capable but I hope they will not put pressure on themselves. They must keep their focus in every match and not overthink,” said Rexy.

“I will keep fighting to give my best. I don’t give up easily and I expect the same from my players.” Indeed, the last seven and half months with the doubles department has been a hell of a ride for Rexy.

The former world and Olympics champion has been pushing the doubles players to be brave in setting big goals for themselves.

“I relish the challenges and I will keep challenging these players,” said Rexy.

There have been some cool results but there have also been some disappointments too since he took over.

Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani emerged as the German Open winners and Swiss Open runners-up for the first time and there have been different winners in the men’s back-up squad and women’s doubles too to show that there have been some improvements.

And a recent mix-and-match exercise in the mixed doubles have also reaped immediate results.

The only shortfall is on Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik’s struggle to end their title drought.

They have stumbled several times in the semi-finals this year and made it to the Asian Championships final, only to lose to Pramudya Kusumawardana-Yeremia Rambitan of Indonesia.

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