Indonesian badminton coach Mulyo Handoyo likely to quit Indian camp due to personal reasons
He was roped in earlier this year to provide a helping hand to Pullela Gopichand.
What's the story?
Indian badminton could lose out on the services of Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo after reports have emerged that he is facing a tough choice of either returning to his country to be with his family or continue his services in India.
Handoyo, a legendary mentor, was the orchestrator-in-chief behind the impressive success of the Indian men's singles event that saw them win a total of five Superseries titles in 2017.
Sources close to Sportskeeda have informed that the coach is still in the process of making his final decision and is currently on a vacation.
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One of the Indonesian's earliest success came in the All England Championships when HS Prannoy beat Qiao Bin of China. Handoyo is famous for his innovative training methods that have helped Indian badminton reap the rewards on the international stage.
India roped in Handoyo, who was credited with the success of Olympic legend Taufik Hidayat, around the same time last year and the results did not take too long either. He expressed a lot of interest in physical conditioning and the Indian men's singles players underwent an impressive makeover.
The heart of the matter
Handoyo left the country a few days ago stating that he would be talking to his family, consisting of his wife and teenage son, about their struggles of adjusting to life in India for longer periods.
“It’s been a challenge for his family since he has a 13-year-old kid. They came down a few times but were not keen on moving base completely,” a source close to the development told the Indian Express.
There is also speculation surrounding the fact that Handoyo was not entirely happy with the remuneration he received for his services to Indian badminton. Reports have also emerged stating that the Indonesian is attracting interest from many countries in east and South East Asia, who are now battling to acquire his services.
While it was unable to contact Handoyo, a decision is expected to be reached in the coming days.
The unparalleled success of Indian badminton in recent times has Handoyo's stamp all over it and his knowledge will be irreplaceable on the sidelines if he does decide to leave.