Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced on Monday that it has dropped eight players from the Malaysia national squad in the effort of ensuring only players who have strong potential deserved to stay in the team.
This latest wave of players leaving BAM came after Tee Jing Yi, Soong Fie Cho, Chooi Kah Ming and Low Juan Shen have tendered their resignations within the last few weeks.
BAM’s Coaching and Training (C&T) committee chairman Ng Chin Chai admitted there’s total of 12 players have left the national squad.
“Prior to today’s meeting, BAM had 67 players with four players already sent in their resignation letters, Tee Jing Yi, Soong Fie Cho, Chooi Kah Ming and Low Juan Shen. We have also released eight players, so, there’s total of 12 players who have left BAM.”
“However, we cannot reveal the name of these players because we would let their coaches to inform them first.”
“After the decision is finalized, BAM only has 55 players left and may add several players before the end of the year, but we are trying to ensure the national squad is only made up of 60 players,” said Ng at a news conference after chairing C&T at the Malaysian Badminton Academy Bukit Kiara on Monday.
Ng told reporters those 8 players involved two from men’s singles, four from men’s doubles and two from women’s doubles.
“We have run a thorough evaluation on all the players who were let go, and we believed they couldn’t go any further that their current potential,” added Ng.
Ng also confirmed that BAM is hoping to win medals in the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles categories at the World Championships in Nanjing, China that will be held from July 30th to August 5th.
BAM has also re-authorized professional players, allowing them to participate in the BWF Super 300 World Tour or higher-level tournaments with the following three conditions: 1. Players who have resigned or dropped from BAM; 2. Players who are 25-year-old or older; 3. Players with world ranking 200th or below.