PUZZLING MOVE: Tengku Mahaleel postpones the announcement on new men’s doubles
BADMINTON Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff prevented coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang from revealing the new men’s doubles combinations to the media yesterday.
Tengku Mahaleel offered a perplexing "No, no, no" when reporters turned up at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara waiting for the announcement.
The men’s doubles pairings were supposed to have been announced yesterday but Tengku Mahaleel gave no explanation for his silence before retreating into a corner for a discussion with the doubles coaches.
With the exception of the two main doubles pairs of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, a reshuffle of the other pairings were expected yesterday.
But the latest media snub is just one of several missteps by Tengku Mahaleel since his election as BAM president on July 27.
Tengku Mahaleel has been inconsistent with his decision making which at one point prompted the resignation of national singles coach Rashid Sidek.
The president’s attempted reform of BAM has also come to nothing with two major changes he initiated having both been rolled back.
A coaching restructuring by talent management group director Tan Aik Mong sat uneasily with the coaches, including Rashid, which led to the former’s resignation.
An attempt to do away with the executive committee and sub-committees also failed to materialise after BAM did not make the necessary amendments to its constitution.
When reinstating the sub-committees, Tengku Mahaleel had also refused to divulge the names of the respective sub-committee chairmen.