Handled by Rexy Mainaky, Malaysia is Ready to Block Red and White’s Efforts to Defend the Title

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Indonesia will go through the 2022 Thomas Cup as the defending champion. One of the candidates, who will try to block the Red and White’s efforts to defend the title, is Malaysia which is now being handled by Thomas Cup legend Rexy Mainaky.

For Indonesia, Rexy is not a foreign figure. The 53-year-old man is one of the legends of the Indonesian badminton world, who is also familiar with the success of winning the Thomas Cup.

While still actively playing, in the men’s doubles number, Rexy Mainaky was part of the Thomas Indonesia team which dominated the 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the title.

After playing, Rexy chose to continue his career in the coaching world. His hand polish is considered topnotch, with Malaysia now hooking up with Rexy, who previously handled the Thai badminton team.

And Rexy Mainaky already has his own target to face next year’s tournament calendar: bringing Malaysia to win the Thomas Cup.

“We can be a scary squad because we have two good men’s doubles in Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani, and also top men’s singles in Lee Zii Jia and Ng Tze Yong,” said Rexy, quoted by the Straits Times.

“To win the Thomas Cup, it takes at least five men’s singles and four good doubles pairs. If we can brush up on this, it can be said that Malaysia has strong capital to reach the Thomas Cup final next year. We can even win it,” said Rexy.

Indonesia itself managed to win the 2020 Thomas Cup, which was held in 2021 due to the pandemic, following a 3-0 victory over China in the final. In the current run, Merah Putih managed to win 3-0 over Malaysia in the quarter-finals and then 3-1 over Denmark in the semifinals.

This success ended Indonesia’s 19-year wait, which so far is still the most successful country in the Thomas Cup title. There are 14 Thomas Cups that have been collected by Indonesia, winning four titles from China in second place.

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