Thursday January 17, 2013
BAM to hire new doubles coach but not coaching director
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have agreed to appoint a new doubles coach but not a national coaching director.
They have also made a firm promise to be fairer in the selection of players into the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
These were some of the decisions made by the BAM exco at their meeting, chaired by Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
The exco announced the appointment of Indonesian Paulus Firman into their coaching set-up. Doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her will decide on the role for Paulus, who will start work from Feb 1.
Last year, the All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) had banned Paulus and his women’s doubles players – Meiliana Johari-Greysia Polii – for four months after being found guilty of throwing their match at the London Olympic Games in August.
Nadzmi said that BAM would put on hold the appointment of a national coaching director as they’ve still not found a suitable candidate.
On the recent incident where a 16-year-old player was chosen ahead of three others – despite finishing last in a selection trial – into the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), Nadzmi said that they had discussed it in their exco meeting.
“As far as BAM are concerned, we choose players based on merit and we will stick to it. However, we’re not the only stakeholders in the selection process. We, however, will caution the other party if such things recur,” he said.
·The exco have accepted Misbun Ramdan Misbun’s resignation. They will not impose any penalties because he left on good terms and will train under his father Misbun Sidek. Two years ago, Tan Chun Seang was banned for two years for turning profesional;
·A change in the coaching and training structure in BJSS with Zhou Kejian in charge of Under-18 singles, Pang Cheh Chang as the chief for Under-18 doubles and Koay Kar Lin as chief for the Under-15 singles and doubles;
·All national coaches will be paid bonuses – a maximum of RM10,000 for a coach depending on their achievements;
·An ad hoc working committee headed by Datuk Al-Amin Majid formed to oversee the setting up of the new national training centre; and
·Datuk Lim Teong Keat to stand for re-election as a Badminton World Federation (BWF) council member.