Indonesian coach Asep Suharno has stepped down as coach of HCM City's leading badminton players following an unsuccessful run with the country's top player, Nguyen Tien Minh.
Suharno took up the job two years ago in what was seen as a positive move for Vietnamese badminton. His resume included top club Dusdiklat Pelista in Jakarta where he helped men's doubles pair Markiskdo and Hendra Setia win the world championships and a bronze medal at the Olympics. Suharno also coached leading players such as former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso.
Olympian Minh is having difficulties this year, having slid to ninth in the latest world rankings leading to the departure of his foreign coach.
Minh and 10 other Vietnamese players will take part in the Thomas and Uber Cup Asian zone preliminary rounds from February 14-19 in Macau.
The qualifying round will attract 14 teams, including China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Sri Lanka.-VNS