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Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel is unanimously elected by the BAM to become president replacing Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh (left). -FAIHAN GHANI/The Star
SUBANG: Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff has been given the mandate to become the next Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) chief after receiving unanimous support from the council members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday.
It was a no contest as Mahaleel was elected by the BAM council members in unison.
He replaces Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Salleh who has gone on to become the Badminton Asian Confederation (BAC) president last month, after helming BAM for 13 years.
Datuk Dr Mohd Al-Amin Abdul Majid who was earlier tipped to challenge for the top post remains as deputy president.
He will be joined by a new face – Datuk Mohd Norza Zakaria – who was also unanimously elected as the second deputy president.
Crucially though, Mahaleel has yet to appoint a new secretary and coaching and training committee chairman, pleading to be given a month to understand the BAM system first before making his decision.
In the meantime, Ng Chin Chai will resume his role as secretary while Datuk Wira Lim Teong Kiat will be the treasurer.
“To be fair to all the council members and various committees, I think it’s best for me to get up to speed first at the operating level, before making my decision on the other office bearers,” said Mahaleel.
“In the meantime, the current secretary and treasurer will continue in their posts for another month.
“The challenge now though is to make Malaysia a top nation in badminton and to improve the standard of the sport.
“With the support of my council members, the plan is to bring badminton forward. We don’t just want it to be a sport, it has to be an industry where one can carve out a career for themselves as players or coaches.
“Of course winning is important too, because we don’t just want to be number two. The challenge, however, is to find a way to achieve that.
“What’s important however is how we manage our talent pool and to keep adding to that.
We need to increase the interest of badminton among kids and the key is to have a talent search so that we can identify the talented players, put them into proper programmes, track their progress and teach them all they need to know on how to become champions.
“We also need to reach out to parents because ultimately they will be the ones who will encourage their kids to pick up the sport.”
Mahaleel also touched on the long standing issue of appointing an overall chief coach for the national squad.
“Well I won’t be making hasty decisions because I’m still new. I think it’s important and it is fair for me to go to the grounds first and understand the situation,” said Mahaleel.
“Who knows, maybe we might have up to four potential chief coach among our ranks.
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