Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has appointed BAM council member Datuk William Toh as manager of the Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) squad and BAM honorary secretary Ng Chin Chai as the squad manager for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
BATC, which will be held in Hyderabad, India, next month, is actually the qualifying tournament for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup tournaments.
BAM acting president Tan Sri Mohamed Al-Amin Abdul Majid said the selection of the two team managers was made at the BAM council meeting in Genting Highlands in early January.
“Toh is the new council member but has wide experience in marketing and human resource development which could be harnessed as the mentor for young players in the qualifying championships.
“Meanwhile, the experience of Ng in handling the badminton team at the London Olympics in 2012 would be useful to ensure we achieve success,” he said at a media conference at the BAM office at Stadium Juara, Bukit Juara.
Mohamed Al-Amin said he hoped that Malaysia’s young players would bring the nation to the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup finals.
He said the younger players had proven they were on par with the international players.
The 2011 World Junior champion, Zulfadli Zulkiffli, will lead Malaysia’s men’s singles which included Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Soong Joo Ven, and Soo Teck Zhi.
BAM has also lined up Tan Kian Meng, Ong Yew Sin, Low Juan Shen, Teo Ee Yi, Tan Wee Gieen, as well as Tan Chee Tean in the men’s doubles at BATC.
Malaysia needed to complete its campaign at BATC in the top sixth places to qualify for the Thomas Cup final scheduled in Kunshan, China, in May.
Meanwhile, new BAM general manager Lawrence Chew was confident Toh and Ng would be able to carry out their tasks well and guide the squads to achieve their goals.
Chew, who assumed his BAM post on Jan 19 during the Malaysia Masters in Penang, said the administration would support Toh and Ng as managers of the Malaysian squads.
“I want to expect the best results for Malaysia. So, we will be working towards this possibility. The results might not be there at BATC but at least the young players get the experience,” he said.
Nonetheless, Toh believed with strong team spirit, there is a strong potential for Malaysia’s young squads to qualify for Thomas and Uber Cup.