KUALA LUMPUR: Chief coach Yap Kim Hock (pic) will make a decision on whether to allow Lee Chong Wei to skip local tournaments this year after having a discussion with the national number one.
Let me talk to him first ... then I will make a decision on the matter, said Kim Hock, who had earlier made it compulsory for all national shuttlers to compete in local tournaments.
Kim Hocks only fear is that by making an exemption for one player, it will set a precedent and the other players may also look for reasons to sit out too, resulting in the local tournaments losing their glitter.
After beating Mohd Hafiz Hashim for his fifth national title at the Proton National Grand Prix Finals in Kuala Terengganu, Chong Wei reiterated that he wanted a break from local tournaments because he would find difficulty coping with a hectic international schedule.
His main goals are to do well in the World Championships (Aug 13-19) and to collect valuable ranking points when the Olympic qualification period begins in May.
Meanwhile, the Badminton Association of Malaysias (BAM) general manager, Kenny Goh, met the coaches for the first time at his office at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday. All the coaches, except for Cheah Soon Kit, were present.
I gave them the assurance again that their services are needed and they will get their contracts soon, said Kenny.
I also pointed out to them on what was expected from them as coaches. From now, they have to document their plans and strategies. They were also told of the need for better internal communication.
On Soon Kits absence, Kenny said: I met him personally last week and it was a fruitful meeting. We are looking forward to a better working relationship.
Last week, Soon Kit aired his grouses over the BAMs delay in renewing their coaches, which expired at the end of last year.
Salary increment and details of the contracts will be discussed during the BAM Exco meeting tomorrow. Also on the agenda is the replacement for Chinese coach Li Mao, who has left to rejoin South Korea.
(source: The Star Online)