Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BAM Unveil Win-Win Project To Achieve Results In Four Main Championships

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today unveiled its new training structure dubbed 'Win-Win Project' aimed to achieve the best results in four main games, next year.

The four main games are the Thomas Cup in India, World Championships in Denmark, Asian Games in South Korea and the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

"This idea to form this project came out from the media forum that was held between sports journalists and BAM on Sept 7," said BAM President Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff after a closed-door meeting with national coaches which lasted for more than five hours, here, today.

Tengku Mahaleel said under the project, the national training will be divided into five categories, namely men's singles and doubles, women's singles and doubles, mixed doubles pairs with their respective coaches.

"The coaches in each category will rectify the strength and weakness of their players.

"For instance, if the shuttler is good in smashing but weak in service, the coaches from other categories who are good in service will teach the player's how to improve his or her service," he said.

Tengku Mahaleel said the national body had identified four potential shuttlers from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) to be groomed to become world beaters.

"I can't reveal their names but the national coaches unanimously agreed that these four players have huge potential to become world champions," he said.

Tengku Mahaleel said they will invite potential state shuttlers to join the project thus giving them equal chance with the current national players to represent the country in the international tournament.

Asked on the implementation of those projects, Tengku Mahaleel said: "We still have a few meetings after this to finalise several matters before it will be implemented," he said.

Meanwhile, Tengku Mahaleel said, the decision to accept Rashid Sidek's resignation as the national singles head coach fully depended on the authority of BAM's council members.

"I don't have authority to make such decisions...I was made to understand that one of our representatives had sent a formal letter to the Indian Badminton League (IBL) side, Delhi Smashers about Rashid's contract with them," he said.

Rashid had on Thursday made a shock decision by tendering his resignation to BAM, citing interference from BAM's newly-appointed Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong who wished to reshuffle the national badminton training structure.

Tengku Mahaleel who held a press conference, a day later, however, revealed that Rashid had signed a one-year contract with the New Delhi-based badminton club and hinted that possible legal action could be taken against Rashid if the matter was true.

-- BERNAMA

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