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KUALA LUMPUR – The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will hold a motivation camp to fire up the players for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 (KL2017) next month.

Team manager Mat Rashid Jahlil said the motivation camp from Aug 11 to 13 in Genting Highlands, will be attended by several national sports icons, to give moral support to the national squad comprising young players.

“The BAM  has lined-up an advanced programme to ensure that we achieve the target. This is on top of the final gathering of athletes organised by the National Sports Council (NSC),” he told reporters at the Malaysian Badminton Academy, here today.

Mat Rashid, who sees Indonesia as a bigger threat than Thailand, urged Malaysians to come out and support the national badminton team in KL2017.

“The support of  Malaysians is much needed as it is an added bonus to the national players who are mostly young. With the strong support of Malaysians, they can beat anyone on the court,” he added. – BERNAMA


KUALA LUMPUR – The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today announced the appointment of Michelle Chai Han Ching as its new general manager and also Dr Suresh Kumar as Malaysia Badminton Academy acting head.

BAM president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said both individuals were selected to fill the respective posts based on their vast experience and that he was confident the duo will help the national body to achieve the mission to churn out more talented players for the country in the future.

Prior to their appointments, Chan was the assistant Chief Executive Officer of United Arab Emirates Football Association while Dr Suresh was a consultant at a multinational company.

“Michelle will be tasked to look into the development of players at the junior level while Dr Suresh will focus on managing the completion of our academy and also be responsible for the implementation of a quality management system for BAM,” he told a press conference to introduce the duo here today.

On the appointment, Chan, who has a 16 years experience in football administration, noted that she was delighted to return home after working abroad for the past six years.

“Opportunity to serve in our homeland came at the right time, so I told myself why not give it a try and the main factor that drove me to work at BAM is the effective junior development plans initiated by Mohamad Norza,” said the Kedah-born who holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Newcastle, Australia.

Sharing her views was Dr Suresh who hoped that the academy would be fully completed soon to ensure that BAM could run the daily operations smoothly.

“It will not be an easy task for me but based on my vast experience in quality management, I will do my best to ensure this academy will be completed soon,” said Suresh who holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford Centre for Leadership, United Kingdom. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost Hansen has dismissed rumours that national top men’s doubles pair, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong would be split up following Malaysia’s disastrous outing at the recent Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship in Gold Coast, Australia.

The Dane said the decision on the matter would be the agenda to be discussed at the Coaching and Training (C&T) meeting to be chaired by the BAM president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria this week.

” I can’t made further comment on the matter but I will submit my reports on our shuttlers’ performance during the C&T meeting and let’s see how it goes,” he told Bernama via whatsapp application, today.

Malaysia were eliminated from the Sudirman Cup after losing 1-3 to Japan in the quarter-final with Goh/Tan suffering back-to-back defeats to the unheralded pair, Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda.

They met the Japanese pair twice, in the group stage and in the quarter-final of the biennial tournament.

Goh/Tan, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist, put up a topsy-turvy performance this season after only reaching the quarter-final stage in three Super Series tournaments namely – the All England, the India Open and the Singapore Open.


PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has requested all parties involved in the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ on the leadership transition at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to be honest and respect it.

“It is not a formal or written agreement, but one done verbally between individuals, and I think those involved must respect it.

“If we think we honour the agreement, we should stick to it. If the agreement is not a written one, we cannot compel or enforce it,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing of a sponsorship agreement between the Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) and plastic packaging company SCGM Group at the ministry here today.

Bernama had previously reported that BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, who took leave from office since October 2015, made a succession deal with the two top leaders of the association.

According to the agreement, acting president Tan Sri Al Amin Abd Majid will give way to Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria after the Rio Olympics in 2016 or at the end of the term of the existing committee.

However, Al Amin, who is also interested in the hot seat, has denied he was involved in the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’.

The BAM election is expected to take place during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) next month.

In the meantime, commenting on the success of women’s high jump athlete Yap Sean Yee who managed to improve her national record, Khairy said it bode well for the national athletics squad in the upcoming Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

“We had one of our worst performances in the Singapore SEA Games in 2015. Many people want to see the revival of Malaysian athlectics…I hope it begins at the SEA Games,” he said.

Yap charted a leap of 1.81 metres in the Kuala Lumpur Sports Schools Council (MSSKL) Athletic Chmapionships at the National Sports Council (NSC) Complex in Setiawangsa yesterday, overcoming her previous record of 1.79m achieved at the Pahang Open Championship in 2015. – BERNAMA

SIBU – National mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying have decided to withdraw from the Victor Far East Malaysia Masters Championships that starts here tomorrow.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Lawrence Chew said the pair had to withdraw since Liu Ying had injured her leg.

“Liu Ying suffered a leg injury. This is unfortunate but happens in sports like badminton and the pair had to withdraw,” he said.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying who were the top seeds in the tournament were scheduled to meet Yehezkiel Mainaky/Lyanny Ale Mainaky in the first round tomorrow.

Chew said based on information received during the managers meeting today, a number of players who had registered for the tournament had also decided to withdraw.

However, 90 per cent of the shuttlers have already arrived in Sibu and checked out the Sibu Indoor Stadium, he said after inspecting the preparations for the championships at the stadium, here today.

The tournament which offers USD120,000 (RM540,000) as total prize money, will kick off tomorrow with the qualifying round at 8.30am.

Fans can watch the matches free. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has for the first time introduced an incentive scheme to reward players who finish among the top three in the world ranking.

BAM deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the idea was never announced but a similar incentive was given to Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

Since the men’s doubles pair comprising Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong are also on top of the world ranking, BAM felt they too should receive the incentive.

Mohamad Norza said the incentive was not limited to money but can be in the form of an upgraded flight ticket like what Chong Wei has been enjoying.

“Currently V Shem-Wee Kiong are in the top three bracket in the world ranking list and I am confident the women’s doubles pair and the mixed doubles pair who are in the top 10 list will emulate the ranking of Chong Wei and the men’s doubles pair.

“The main idea for introducing the incentive scheme is to encourage more players to reach the optimum level,” he said after chairing a BAM coaching committee meeting at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara, here today.

Mohamad Norza said the criteria for incentives would be submitted to the BAM treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat for further action.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Norza said BAM had absorbed six new faces into the Podium Programme that is being handled by the National Sports Institute (ISN).

The six players are Iskandar Zulkarnain (men’s singles), Goh Jin Wei (women’s singles), Teo Ee Yi/Ong Yew Sin (men’s doubles), Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles).

He said for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, the BAM had identified 18 players but the final list of nine players would be determined in June. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Shuttlers under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have been given two months to improve their performance before the badminton governing body in the country restructures the national squad next year.

FAM deputy president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said the decision was made during BAM’s Coaching & Training (C&T) meeting held last Tuesday.

“Despite the major restructuring of player groups being done after the Olympics next year, there may be some adjustments made at the end of this year, as perhaps, not all players will make it to next year’s squad,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

“Every year, BAM does make some changes, this usually in November and December involving the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) students, back-up players as well as the senior team.

“Therefore, there may be a possibility that a minor adjustment will be carried out end of this year. However, it will all depend on the players’ performance as they still have another two months,” he added.

Norza said the adjustment would not affect the players’ preparations for the Olympics.

“Since it has already been said that some of the players may still continue to prove their worth while in BAM and at the same time, to help in terms of sparring for all those who may qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year,” said Norza.


KUALA LUMPUR – National singles badminton player Zulfadli Zulkilfi is not keen to join the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and is more comfortable continuing with the training programme handled by his father, Zulkifli Daud.

National Sports Council (MSN) director-general, Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail said this was revealed by his father on Sunday, after a discussion with Zulfadli and his father, as his coach, on Thursday.

“Zulfadli’s father, who represented him, contacted me and informed me that for the time being he is not able to accept the suggestion to join BAM. He tendered his apology as Zulfadli already has a specific training programme to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“For the time being, Zulkifli is of the view that Zulfadli should go ahead with the programme drawn up and which is already half-way, to qualify to Rio,” he told reporters at his office, here, yesterday.

Ahmad Shapawi said MSN accepted and was open about the decision and would not hold any further discussion whether with Zulfadli or BAM on the matter.

Zulfadli, 22, who is ranked 36th, and an independent athlete, exhibited a convincing performance at the 2015 World Badminton Championship in Jakarta in August, ousting sixth ranked player Chow Tien Chen of Taiwan in the second round.

The 2011 World Youth champion then beat Scott Evans of Ireland in the second round before losing in the third round to Wei Nan of Hong Kong.

Subsequently, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin suggested that Zulfadli consider joining BAM so that his talent could be more systematically developed.

The suggestion was also echoed by national singles champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei and former singles coach Rashid Sidek who saw that Zulfadli’s talent could be developed in BAM which has proper training facilities and training partners.

MSN then took the initiative to meet Zulfadli and his father to discuss the suggestion.

Ahmad Shapawi said, during the meeting, Zulfadli and his father were briefed on the training programmes provided at MSN, BAM and the National Sports Institute, and they requested that they be given until Sunday to consider.

Ahmad Shapawi, who is also National Sports Association Joint Working Committee chairman, said, currently too, BAM had not listed Zulfadli’s name in the programme for the 2017 SEA Games.


KUALA LUMPUR – Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost Hansen is more interested in engaging local coaches for the national team and Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) programmes.

He said some names have been shortlisted and was looking for at least five coaches to assist the national and junior badminton squads.

“I am looking for singles and doubles coaches for the national set up. I have quite a long list of coaches that I would like to talk to. But it will depend on the situation on their side…their attachment, commitment and so on,” he said in a press conference at BAM office, here yesterday.

Frost said he had also talked to Lee Wan Wah, who coached Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong.

“He (Wan Wah) is just the name of a fairly good example of someone who I feel can do a good job but he is also having obligation elsewhere. It would take time to find the right one and also to find someone who is not attached at the moment,” he added.

BAM lost a number of coaches, including Zhou Yang, the BJSS’ form one coach.

In July national mixed doubles coach Tan Kim Her left the BAM to join the Badminton Association of India (BAI) after Rashid Sidek and Rosman Razak left to join Sports Affairs as the singles and doubles chief coaches in June.

Five-time world champion Lin Dan’s coach, He Guo Quan, left in May while four BJSS coaches — Zhou Kejian, Chong Kien Ling, Poh Chai Boon and Chin Tze Seong – left the BAM in January.

“We have lost quite a number of coaches but it is a very normal and natural thing that happens when your are trying to revamp a system.

“I’ve been working hard to talk to the BAM management to start looking at how and when we can employ new coaches. We will try to have all five coaches before Jan 1,” he said.


PETALING JAYA – The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will be discussing finding a replacement for men’s doubles coach Tan Kim Her at its executive committee meeting today, said BAM deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria.

He said BAM respected Kim Her’s decision to join the Badminton Association of India (BAI) as head coach for their men’s doubles team.

“We wish him the best of luck in seeking greener pastures,” he told reporters when met at his Aidilfitri open house here yesterday.

He added that he had full faith that BAM technical director Morten Frost Hansen would find a suitable replacement for the 44-year-old coach.

India Today’s news portal reported on Friday that Kim Her had signed a five-year contract with BAI to take charge of their men’s doubles team.