BAM boss: Koo and Tan must prove their worth


KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will not tolerate a lack of discipline from players any more. And coaches will also be held responsible if they do not expose or correct their players’ behaviours.

Yesterday, BAM’s outgoing president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said that they were ready to drop any players, including seniors Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, from the World Championships squad if they found evidence of indiscipline.

National men doubles pair Kien Keat and Boon Heong had not been performing well in recent times and the reason for their drop in form centres around a lack of discipline and indifferent lifestyles.

The duo and three other pairs – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif – will be competing in the world championships in Guangzhou in August.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong are currently in Jakarta and will begin their campaign in the Indonesia Open with a first round match against Indonesians Yonathan Surytama Dasuki-Hendra Gunawan in the first round today.

Nadzmi said that the performances of Kien Keat-Boon Heong were discussed at their exco meeting yesterday and they were not pleased although many chances had been given to them.

The duo had been struggling since losing in the bronze medal playoff at the London Olympic Games last year and it culminated with a poor showing at last month’s Sudirman Cup.

In fact, the 27-year-old Kien Keat had admitted that a combination of factors, including lack of commitment, lack of sleep and rest, as reasons for his struggles on the international stage.

“They have been given many chances to perform but they have not. For the time being, Koo and Tan have until the World Championships to prove themselves. However, if we get reports from coaches of indiscipline, we may drop them from the world championships. The same goes for the other players in the team,” said Nadzmi.

“The coaches owe it to the exco to give reports on their players. The coaches must give recommendation and we will act upon it. The coaches are responsible too. They know their players better.

“Our coaches are close with the players and yes, I believe the coaches have protected their players to some extent.”

Nadzmi is confident that the indiscipline issue is not wide spread but hopes that the new coaching and training chairman would take a more firm outlook on it.

“The players’ contract on the rules and regulations should be clearly defined. Currently, there is nothing written on whether players will be sacked for indiscipline. I hope the new management will also look into this.”

Asked on the future of Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Nadzmi said: “There are two options for them based on the world championships results.

“If they don’t do well, they could either be split or dropped completely from the team. If they do well, we have to decide whether it was a temporary or permanent transformation. It all depends on them right now.”


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