Wednesday February 20, 2013
Nadzmi or Justian must back out for the sake of solidarity
KUALA LUMPUR: Having two candidates – Nadzmi Mohd Salleh and Justian Suhandinata – from the Asian region to stand for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) president’s post will split the vote and cause discord.
With that in mind, Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) secretary general Surasak Songvarakulpan, has urged one candidate to back out in a show of Asian solidarity.
The closing date for nomination is tomorrow and currently it is a three-cornered fight for the president’s post. Besides Nadzmi and Justian, Denmark’s Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen, the president of Badminton Europe, is also in the fray.
Nadzmi is the president of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and Justian is the head of the All-Indonesia Badminton Association.
Surasak said that it was important for the Asian countries to unite.
“To me, unity is most important. The European countries will not have an advantage if the Asian countries stand together,” said Surasak in a telephone interview from Bangkok yesterday.
“I hope that we can strike some kind of compromise between the two candidates from the Asian region.
“Two years ago, BAC had their election and the votes were split and I do not want a similar incident to take place.”
Surasak said that he had talked to Nadzmi and Justian.
“I came over to Kuala Lumpur last month and met up with Nadzmi.
“I explained to him the situation and the importance of Asians standing as one. I have also spoken to Justian. Both of them want the best but there was no conclusion,” he said.
“For now, I just hope that we can come out with a compromise and a win-win situation for both candidates.
“I, however, would wait until the nomination closes. It will give us a clear picture of who are standing and then, we will make our next move.
The BWF’s election will be held during the Sudirman Cup at Putra Stadium, Kuala Lumpur in May.