KUALA LUMPUR: India are set to lose their Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo. And that is sure to throw a spanner in the works as India gear up for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in April.
Mulyo, who led his blue-eyed boy Taufik Hidayat to a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, had transformed the Indian men’s singles department since taking charge in January this year.
Under Mulyo, India won five Superseries titles in 2017 – four from K. Srikanth (Indonesian Open, Australian Open, Denmark Open, French Open) and one from B. Sai Praneeth (Singapore Open).
Srikanth is seen as one of the strong contenders for the men’s singles gold in the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The others vying for the title are Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and England’s Rajiv Ouseph.
On his impending departure, Indian media cited that Mulyo’s family was struggling to adapt to life in India while some reported that the Indonesian had an issue with his remuneration package offered by the Badminton Association of India.
It is likely that Mulyo, who left India last month, will head to Singapore to be the chief coach.