Taekwondo Malaysia appoints 26-year-old coach
KUALA LUMPUR: Taekwondo Malaysia (TM) has appointed a young coach from South Korea, Kim Hyeong Seob to prepare national kyorugi (sparring) athletes to the 2019 SEA Games in Manila in November.
Its president Azizul Adenan said the 26-year-old coach was also given the responsibility to assist national exponents qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite their slim chances.
“Kim will be given a three-month trial starting March to adapt himself to Malaysia before a decision is made on his contract in which the minimum duration is one year.
“Among the criteria for the selection were his skills and his preparedness to accept the salary of USD2,500 or RM10,188 a month which we offered.
“He was also the sparring partner to 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalist, Lee Dae-hoon, so we hope he could help raise the performance of Malaysian athletes,” he said in a media conference after opening the National Taekwondo Championship in Wisma OCM, today.
Azizul Anwar said Kim was among the candidates proposed by the Korea Taekwondo Association when TM delegation visited the country several days ago.
Kim will replace his compatriot, Kim Hong Goun who had returned home while poomsae coach, Jin Jun Beom will continue to manage the section.
For the record, Malaysian taekwondo exponents last qualified for the Olympics in the Beijing edition in 2008 when Elaine Teo and Che Chew Chan were in action in the women’s under 57kg and more 67kg categories.
Meanwhile, more than 400 taekwondo athletes are participating in the two-day National Championship for the poomsae and kyorugi disciplines for SEA Games selection. -- BERNAMA