Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BAM Gambles On Koo-Tan Partnership To Lead Country's Hopes In World Championships

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) -- Despite their poor performance and results, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has decided to maintain the partnership of men's doubles pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong for the 2013 World Championships in Guangzhou, China from Aug 5 to 11.

The BAM President Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, however, has issued an ultimatum to the duo, to put their best foot forward in the championships or face the prospect of being split.

"The two will be split. It is one of the action that we can take if they do not perform up to expectation. To train players like Koo and Tan is not easy because we have invested so much on them.

"We will give them a chance to perform (in Guangzhou) before making any decision," he told reporters after chairing a BAM exco meeting, here, Tuesday.

The BAM are expected to send 24 players for the championships, involving 20 players from BAM and four from a number of clubs.

Mohd Nadzmi said to take any action against the duo, a holistic discussion was needed based on a report from the coaches and BAM's Coaching and Training Committee.

"As the president, I cannot mete out punishment on my own after listening to just one side of the story. The report need to be studied in detail. In this case, since the coaches are the closest to the players, they must sent a report to the committee on their discipline and performance," he said.

When asked if some coaches were protecting the players, Mohd Nadzmi acknowledged the fact that there were some coaches who sidelined the discipline of players, hoping they can perform well.

The issue of discipline is not a major threat and can be rectified but the bigger challenge is to ensure the psychology of players, especially world class players like Koo-Tan and Datuk Lee Chong Wei, remained consistent and at the optimum level, he said.

"We have world class players and coaches but the application of sports science in training and competition is still lacking compared with players from South Korea and China.

-- BERNAMA

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