MEN’S doubles Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen believe it is wrong for the BA of Malaysia (BAM) to say that world rankings were disregarded in the selection for the World Championships as this is the main criteria for qualification of Badminton World Federation (BWF) sanctioned tournaments.
In fact, BWF bases the qualifiers of all tournaments, but World Championships and Olympics in particular, on world rankings and a one-year qualification period is set for this purpose.
BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai had stated on Saturday that world ranking was not the main criteria when naming Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How, the World No 32, over Teik Chai-Bin Shen, ranked World No 16, and stressed it was the prerogative if the national body to make the final call.
However, BWF has said a national body can disregard the world ranking only if more players or pairs qualify where they can name players of its choice.
A country can have a maximum of two pairs if they are ranked in the top 24 and only two — Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (No 4) and Teik Chai-Bin Shen, have made the cut.
Chin Chai also said that Zakry-Thien How are being groomed for November’s Sea Games in Indonesia and possibly next year’s Thomas Cup but the pair has had a poor run in the nine months they have been together with only two quarter-final appearances in the All England in March and Malaysia Open in January.
"BWF has clearly stated that world ranking is the basis of qualification for any tournament including the World Championships, so it is unacceptable and unfair for Chin Chai to say BAM has disregarded the aspect. If not for the world ranking, none of the BAM pairs will be in contention for selection," said Teik Chai.
"We (Teik Chai-Bin Shen) have paid our way to play in 16 tournaments in the hope of qualifying for the World Championships and we have achieved that.
"We will pay our own way to the major event in London. We are not asking BAM to pay but the association cannot take something which is our right and give it to their own.
"I can accept it if there were three BAM pairs in the top 24 and the association decided to make use of its right to name the pairs. But BAM sacrificed our place in order to give it to a lower ranked pair and, even worse, not their second ranked combination (Fairuzizuan Tazari-Ong Soon Hock) but their third combination.
"If BAM wanted two or even three pairs for the World Championships, they should have set a programme for the players and give them sufficient tournaments to qualify. Don’t take someone else’s place just like that.
"It was decision by certain individuals and as the matter was not even discussed in the coaching and training committee (CTC) it’s not going to reflect well on BAM.
"We are professionals and not part of BAM. We feel that BAM cannot dictate terms like this but sadly, there is no regulations that can protect independent players from the national associations.
"I hope BAM is more objective and give the professional a fair shake as we are also Malaysians and want to deliver. In the interest of the nation, which has been always stated by BAM, everyone should get an equal opportunity."
Teik Chai is hopeful that BAM will adhere to a collective decision from CTC and not just selected officials.
The matter is likely to be deliberated by the CTC soon and several members have already made known their displeasure over the issue.