Park Joo-bong to Coach Japanese Badminton Team By Kim Hyun-cheol - Korea Times Former badminton superstar Park Joo-bong signed up with the Japanese Badminton Association to take over as the head coach of their national team. Park, 40, returned to South Korea on Thursday from Japan after signing the contract with a possible annual salary of 120 million won ($100,000). This is his third job as a national team coach, since he coached the British team in 1999 and Malaysian from the same year to 2002. Starting with a five-month contract, Park is expected to take the job to prepare the team for the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Park was working as a coach with the South Korean Olympic from March and helped the team win a gold, two silvers, and one bronze in Athens. ``I thought of staying here but somehow decided to challenge for a new career after long thought,â€™â€™ Park said. ``But I will be back with the Korean team someday for sure.â€™â€™ As a player, Park was known as the â€˜king of the shuttlecockâ€™ in the doubles events and claimed a total of 52 international titles throughout his career, including a menâ€™s doubles gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and a silver in the mixed doubles at the 1996 Atlanta Games. He is best known as half of the invincible pairing in the menâ€™s doubles with long-time partner Kim Moon-soo in the 1980s-1990s and in 2001 was enshrined in the International Badminton Federation Hall of Fame.