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by rajes paul
One of the expected changes is the return of former international Cheah Soon Kit to the coaching team.
KUALA LUMPUR: It will be worth the wait.
After keeping everyone in the dark for more than a month, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff will unveil his plans for Malaysian badminton at the council meeting Saturday and everyone can expect some drastic but pertinent changes.
A new coaching director; the return of several former internationals; and scrapping the coaching and training committee. These are some of the major changes expected to take place to strengthen the coaching and training programme.
It is learnt that Mahaleel prefers a smaller group with quality team members to run the show.
Currently, besides the coaching and training committee, BAM have six other sub-committees but Tengku Mahaleel is expected to do away with those. Some of these committees only meet on a quarterly basis and are hardly hands-on.
He is also expected to officially announce former international Tan Aik Mong as one of the key players as far as managing the performances of coaches and players. And there could be others to join in later like former internationals Cheah Soon Kit, Kwan Yoke Meng and Razif Sidek to beef up the team.
Currently, Malaysia have two chief coaches - Rashid Sidek for singles and Tan Kim Her for doubles.
All the coaches are expected to be monitored by a high performance director - which is similar to what is done in several other countries. In China, Li Yongbo is the supremo, while in Japan, it is Park Joo-bong.
In Indonesia, former Olympic champion Rexy Mainaky is doing a great job keeping the whole national team together.
In a bid to raise the level of professionalism, Tengku Mahaleel is also expected to bring in one or two corporate figures to add value to his so-called steering committee.
To ensure that the adminstration continues to function smoothly, he is expected to retain Ng Chin Chai as the secretary. Both his deputies - Datuk Mohd Norza Zakaria and Datuk Al-Amin Majid - are expected to be more proactive while Penang Badminton Association (PBA) president Dr Koay Ban Hing is also expected to be more prominent, in managing the players.
All these changes are expected to solve several niggling problems at the national centre.
The standard of the coaches is expected to be raised. Both coaches and players are expected to be more disciplined.
The pool of players is expected to be enlarged so that the nation will not have to depend on only a handful of players. The junior shuttlers are expected to be given due exposure and recognition.
And if all falls into place, Malaysians can start looking forward to winning the Thomas Cup Finals, World Championships and the Olympic Games.
The former Proton Holdings chief executive officer is passionate and determined to bringing changes but whether his approach is workabke or not remains to be seen. Malaysian fans will just have to wait and see.
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