KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean Park Joo-bong may start his job as the country’s badminton supremo as early as January next year if negotiations fall into place over the next three weeks.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have identified Joo-bong as the prime candidate for project manager, who will oversee three squads – the singles, doubles and Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
The objective of these three squads is to produce a group of potential world beaters to peak at three Olympics – 2016, 2020 and 2024.
Discussions have been held between BAM and Joo-bong and even the National Sports Council (NSC) are ready to make a lucrative offer to lure him to Malaysian again.
Joo-bong was Malaysia’s chief coach from 2000-2003 before he was tempted away by an irresistible offer to be Japan’s head coach.
The BAM were earlier not keen on hiring a foreign coach but Joo-bong emerged as a frontrunner after several local candidates failed to win any favours at the last BAM exco meeting headed by Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.