Indonesian Badminton Coach Apologises For Calling Pearly-Thinaah ‘Black’ And ‘White’

He added that it wasn't intentional.

Indonesian badminton coach Eng Hian has apologised to national shuttlers Pearly Tan and M Thinaah for calling them “black” and “white” during the French Open tournament.

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Called the pair ‘black’ & ‘white’

During the round 16 match between Pearly-Thinaah and their opponents Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma-Amalia Cahaya Pratiwi, the 45-year-old coach was caught making the remarks during a break.

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Watch the clip here:

@bella_nabila98 Apa yg hitam dan putih nii 😂 #pearlytan #franceopen2022 #thinaahmuralitharan #fypシ #leeziijia #fyp #viral ♬ original sound – Bellashoper – Bellanabila

Apologises for remarks

Following the clip, Malaysians have since bashed Eng Hian for his derogatory remarks and demanded an apology.

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One wrote: “For Malaysians, colours are very sensitive. We should not have to ask for an apology, if they are willing, they would do it without us having to ask.”

Another was less kinder with his words, where he criticised Eng Hian and called him “uncivilised”.

In response to the backlash, Eng Hian released a video where he issued a public apology to the national pair in Bahasa Indonesia, emphasising that he had no intentions of insulting them.

With all humility, I apologise to Pearly Tan and M Thinaah. I had no intention at all to upset the Malaysian players. Once again, I apologise for my words from the bottom of my heart.

Netizens’ response to Eng Hian’s apology have since been a mixed bag.

On one hand, some believed that he didn’t do anything wrong and merely used the terms to give quick instructions to the players.

They also claimed that it was acceptable in Indonesia.

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On the other hand, others felt that Eng Hian was still at fault but were willing to give him a second chance following his apology.

Made badminton history

On a lighter note, Pearly-Thinaah were crowned champions after defeating two-time champions Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 in a nail-biting 72 minutes match.

Indo coach eng hian issues official apology  for referring to m'sian shuttlers as
Photo via Focus Malaysia

Their victory also makes them the first women’s doubles team to win a French Open title since the tournament’s inception in 1908.

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Congratulations to the duo!


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