KUALA LUMPUR: States, clubs and independent players are set to get a fair chance of making the national team under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s new management structure.
On Saturday, BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that the national body would be open and transparent with the selection of national players under their umbrella and would give everyone an equal chance.
This step is expected to rid any notion that the national body practises favouritism.
“Non-BAM players can challenge national players during our new ranking tournaments. They could come from professional club Kuala Lumpur Racquet Club (KLRC) or even Machang Badminton Club in Kelantan but if they do better than any of the national players, they will be roped into the national team. National shuttlers who perform poorly will be dropped and they must prove themselves again to get in,” said Tengku Mahaleel.
“This will create competition among the national shuttlers and opportunity for non-BAM players to get into the national team. In the past, there were no chances for those who are in clubs or the states. This ranking tournament to challenge the national players could be held once in six months.”
Tengku Mahaleel however said that this transparent selection would only take place after they successfully conduct their internal national team ranking. BAM’s newly-appointed Talent Management Group (TMG)’s director Tan Aik Mong has given a directive to all coaches to hold a ranking tournament from Monday.
“Currently, our players’ national ranking is based on BWF’s (Badminton World Federation). They however, have not played against each other and firstly, we want to establish a national ranking and put it in order. We want to know who are the top five or top 10 players in the country.”
The ranking and current form of national players will also be used to determine who gets sent for domestic and international tournaments.