Tuesday March 19, 2013
Nadzmi appointed BAC acting president, may withdraw from BWF election
KUALA LUMPUR: It looks like a “compromise” has been reached in the name of Asian solidarity when the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) made a surprise move to appoint Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh to be their acting president.
If Nadzmi, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president, accepts the new role, he may withdraw from his bid for the president’s post during the Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s election in May.
And this will leave the fight for the BWF top post between two candidates – All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) president Justian Suhandinata and Badminton Europe (BE) president Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark.
Earlier, BAC secretary general Surasak Songvarakulpan, had urged either Nadzmi or Justian to back out in a show of Asian solidarity as he felt that having two Asians running for the top post would split the votes.
On Sunday, Nadzmi was appointed after the BAC conducted a motion of no confidence on their president Katsuto Momii of Japan during an Extraordinary General Meeting in Bangkok.
In a press release by BAC yesterday, it stated that the members were unanimous that Katsuto had failed in his duties as a leader of the confederation and agreed to appoint Nadzmi to replace him.
Justian, who is the BAC deputy president, had chaired the meeting in Bangkok.
BAM’s secretary Ng Chin Chai confirmed that Nadzmi had received an official letter from BAC on his appointment as the acting president. He said that Malaysia had sent two delegates Peter Yeow and V. Subramaniam and one observer – Kenny Goh for the EGM.
“We had to call for an emergency exco meeting on Friday because there was a proposal for us to join in the motion of no confidence against the president,” said Chin Chai.
“At the exco, we decided to join Indonesia, South Korea and Macau in showing our support for the no confidence vote. At that time, we had no inkling that Datuk Seri Nadzmi will be appointed president,” said Chin Chai.
“It is up to Datuk Seri whether to accept or reject the appointment. And his stand on whether to stand for the BWF election will be discussed at the council meeting this Saturday,” added Chin Chai.