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Thursday January 9, 2014 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Thursday January 9, 2014 MYT 9:00:37 AM
by rajes paul
Goh Jin Wei in a file photo. Promoting the 13-year-old Jin Wei to the national team was a good move as it gives her an early taste of the action at the highest level.
TENGKU Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff has been president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for five months.
So, how has he stacked up, so far?
A bit of a hit-and-miss, actually.
Changes have been made, no doubt about that.
But the question that begs to be answered is were they done for the sake of changing and were they effective?
Let’s look back.
It took one month of groundwork before Tengku Mahaleel unveiled his grand scheme – a new structure, new key personnel and an ambitious five-year plan.
It looked good on paper, I would say.
But it was in the implementation that things began to unravel.
In short, a lot of time and effort had been wasted.
To be fair, he did get a few things right.
Frankly, what BAM need right now is a full-time coaching director to pull everyone together at the national centre and a full-time development director to manage the programme at the lower level.
And both of them must work in tandem.
Currently, Tengku Mahaleel is the president, acting TMG director and chairman of the coaching and training committee. Isn’t that a bit too much for one person to handle?
Fortunately, Penang BA president Dr Koay Ban Ching has stepped in to take some of the load – but then, he too, is serving on a part-time basis.
All Tengku Mahaleel needs to do is look around. Malaysia is teeming with people with the talent and ability to run the show.
In fact, several former young and vibrant internationals have openly declared their willingness to step in as the national coaching director or as managers. They are willing to take the bull by the horns – so to speak.
I am not trying to tell BAM, or even Tengku Mahaleel for that matter, how to do their jobs.
All I am saying is that it is high time these former internationals are roped in to steer BAM back on course.
Like the late American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, once said: “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”
The writer is aware that she may get into the bad books of BAM due to this frank assessment at the beginning of a brand new year. But then again, if that is the “reward” for being open – so be it. She has been taught that honesty is the best policy.
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