SINGAPORE – Previous nationwide shuttler Kelvin Ho is Singapore badminton’s new nationwide singles coach.

Earlier the assistant to Indonesian Mulyo Handoyo, who stepped down in February, Ho’s promotion by the Singapore Badminton Affiliation (SBA) normally takes spot with fast effect.

He will oversee the development of the 8 nationwide singles gamers – Loh Kean Yew, Jason Teh and Joel Koh from the men’s staff and Yeo Jia Min, Jaslyn Hooi, Nur Insyirah Khan, Grace Chua and Megan Lee from the women’s team.

Ho, who is with the countrywide gamers in Suncheon for this week’s Korea Open, thanked Mulyo for his guidance and the SBA for the chance.

He included: “It can be an honour to be appointed countrywide singles head coach. I’m psyched about what lies in advance and we have some talented gamers in the pathway. Establishing them along with the best players is of paramount worth.

“Of class, Kean Yew and Jia Min are the principal target for the 2024 Olympics, but there are also other gamers who can obstacle for these positions.”

It is recognized that a lot more than 20 neighborhood and worldwide candidates applied for the job. 5 coaches from Europe and Asia ended up shortlisted and interviewed by a panel of 6 from the SBA and Singapore Sporting activities Institute, right before Ho landed the career.

SBA president Lawrence Leow mentioned: “The SBA went via a complete procedure to select the ideal individual among the candidates and Kelvin’s knowing of the players and his experience will assist elevate the conventional of our countrywide shuttlers.

“We are self-assured that beneath his tutelage, the singles players will keep on to development and excel equally on and off the court.”

Ho was launched as a nationwide player in 2011, and went on to turn into just one of the countrywide intermediate squad’s coaches. In 2018, he took on the position of assistant national singles mentor.

When global badminton gatherings resumed in 2021 amid the pandemic, the 31-calendar year-aged has been in the national singles players’ corner at tournaments, like the Tokyo Olympics. Most notably, he oversaw Loh’s amazing Entire world Championships-profitable run and Yeo’s participation in the prestigious Badminton Planet Federation Earth Tour Finals last year.

The SBA will pick his new assistant when he returns from South Korea.

SBA chief govt officer Alan Ow shared its anticipations of him, declaring: “We want a mentor who can guide the singles programme for not just the leading players but also continue to keep developing and nurturing players on the general performance pathway.

“Interaction is vital at all degrees but we need to have to make absolutely sure that all players know what is envisioned of them and they know exactly where they stand. Neighborhood knowledge is crucial and knowledge of the players is essential as we go into a yr of important Online games.

“Profitable medals at the approaching main Games is crucial, and we have the gamers to do that, but fundamentally it really is about developing the gamers and doing work with them to accomplish success to their the best possible likely.”