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Friday September 13, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 9:15:51 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: None of the established men’s doubles players in the national team will be forced to participate in the singles ranking tournament and vice versa.
This was the assurance given by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong on Thursday.
Initially, it was learnt that all badminton players - both singles and doubles - would have to take part in the ranking tournament in all events.
This decision had been questioned as some felt it was pointless to have a singles shuttler taking part in a doubles ranking tournament as it would not serve any purpose and it would be a waste of time.
Aik Mong said that the coaches would not force the players to participate if they are not keen.
“The most important thing is for the singles and doubles players to have a ranking in their respective fields - that is compulsory,” said Aik Mong.
“However, if an older singles player feels that he has stagnated in his game and would like to give the doubles a try, he is then encouraged to participate in the ranking tournament, but no one is forced to do it.”
When asked whether national No. 2 singles player Liew Daren has to play in the doubles, Aik Mong said: “He does not have to if he has no plans to play in the doubles in the near future.”
The ranking tournament will be carried out by Razif Sidek and Hendrawan, who have been put in charge of Team A and Team B respectively in the national team.
Team A comprises the country’s top shuttlers, while Team B is for the back-up players.
The national ranking, which underlines the players’ current form, will be used when determining which players should be sent for the various international tournaments.
The coaches will decide on the frequency of the national ranking tournament as they do not want it to interrupt the players’ hectic schedule on the international calendar. It is learnt that they may start off by having it quarterly.
In future, the ranking tournament will also be open to non-BAM players so as to encourage a fair and transparent selection process for all.
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