Monday, November 11, 2013

Paulus leaves Zolkples baffled

GONE: NSC director general in the dark regarding Indonesian's resignation as doubles coach

NATIONAL Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong is baffled by Paulus Firman's recent resignation from his role as national doubles coach.

Zolkples said he had received positive reports regarding the improved atmosphere during the BA of Malaysia's training sessions and tournaments but did not hear anything of the Indonesian's unhappiness.

"I am not aware of the current situation in BAM but there has been an improvement since Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff took over as the president. People like Rashid Sidek have come back and the general atmosphere has also improved," said Zolkples, when met at the launch of the NSC-Media Games at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

"Paulus' resignation comes as quite a shock to me as I did not hear of any problems involving him. In fact Hendrawan, who has been more involved in the restructuring inside BAM, has improved a lot now in carrying out his duties as a coach.

"I have not received any reports regarding his (Paulus) resignation but I hope this will not affect our players' preparation especially in the doubles and mixed doubles. I am also hoping BAM will handle the situation as well as possible."

Paulus, who joined 10 months ago, handed over his resignation letter to BAM on Oct 31 and will serve a one month notice with his last day with the national body set for Nov 30.

The coach was reported to have resigned as he wanted to return to his family in Indonesia but certain quarters have questioned the real reason behind his resignation.

Meanwhile, the NSC-Media Games, which intends to foster closer ties between the NSC and media personnel, opened with the badminton event yesterday and will continue with the karaoke event today.

Bowling, netball and five-a-side football will be held this weekend.

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