Flandy Limpele has responded to Park Joo Bong’s assessment about him as a men’s doubles coach. A few days ago, Park commented that Flandy was not the coach behind the rise of Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty. Park added that it was in fact Tan Kim Her.
Interviewed by Indosport.com, Flandy responded, “It is unfortunate that the statement came from Park Joo Bong who is considered a master coach in the badminton world. As a fellow coach, in my opinion, it is not ethical to give a negative assessment to other coaches who work for other countries.”
Flandy said he would take the comments positively and use it as an encouragement to work better.
On his performance with the Indian team, Flandy said Rankireddy / Shetty’s success is based on good teamwork. He admitted that the pair’s success came from the work of previous coaches as well.
Regarding Park’s claim that the young Indian pair was inside the top 10 in the BWF world rankings, Flandy explained, “When I started in India on March 1, 2019, they were ranked 20th and Rankireddy was injured, and he had not held a racket for 3 months. This can be checked on the BWF website. “
Based on the BWF website, Rankireddy & Shetty were indeed ranked 20th in the world as of March 5, 2019. Then they were ranked 9th in the world as of August 6, 2019, under Flandy. The best rankings they had during their career was ranked 7th in the world as of November 12, 2019. The Indian duo has never been ranked inside the top 10 before March 1, 2019.
Flandy thinks he has already proved himself as a capable coach. He pointed out that he raised his club in Japan from the 7th ranked team to the 4th ranked team during his tenure. He also explained that none of his students entered the Japanese national team because it was not considered an important goal for the team at that time.
“In Malaysia, there will be new experiences and lessons for me, and of course I will do my best to improve the men’s doubles team. I hope the players and the men’s doubles team can go all out during training and competition,” Flandy added.