BAM to finalize men’s doubles coach next week

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Cheah Soon Kit and Morten Frost supervise the training of Malaysian shuttlers. (photo: Kamarul Ariffin)
Cheah Soon Kit and Morten Frost supervise the training of Malaysian shuttlers. (photo: Kamarul Ariffin)

Kuala Lumpur: The president of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria told reporters that the organization will try to find a suitable candidate to fill the men’s doubles coach position left empty by Jeremy Gan next week.

BAM’s current assistant men’s doubles coach Jeremy Gan has tendered his resignation to BAM last Saturday.

Zakaria told reporters that he had asked men’s doubles chief coach Cheah Soon Kit to find a strong candidate for that position as soon as possible.

“I have discussed this with Soon Kit two or three days ago, and have asked him to find candidates who are the right fit for our objectives and targets,” said Zakaria.

Zakaria also maintained that all options remained open in response to former national chief coach Yap Kim Hock’s interest to rejoin BAM.

“We’ve talked about several potential candidates, and has advised him that he should also take into consideration the offers made by former shuttlers who had represented Malaysia in the past,” said Zakaria after the opening of the 48th Yuen Loong Gold Cup Badminton Tournament on Friday.

BAM has just promoted 5 junior players to the senior team, and currently has 11 men’s doubles pairs.

Zakaria also announced an ambitious but achievable list of goals such as trying to win the Thomas Cup, and winning a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“On top of that, we also have yet to win a World Championships. Therefore, these will be our priorities, and I am ready to accept the challenges. At the same time, we also have to be realistic as we may not achieve all of this in 5 years,” added Zakaria.

We heard the similar things when BAM elected its previous president in 2013, then same discussion about “return the country to its former badminton glory” when they hired Morten Frost, and we all know how it went. Hope these promises will materialize this time.

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