KUALA LUMPUR: Former Thomas Cupper Datuk Tan Yee Khan has urged the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to stop depending on the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) as their main supply of talent.
Instead, Yee Khan wants the national body to set up a badminton school of excellence in every state.
Yee Khan said he watched in agony at the low quality displayed by some of the shuttlers during the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Malaysia won three golds – mixed team, men’s and women doubles – at the Games. Sadly, they missed out on a medal in the men’s singles event.
“It saddens me to see the quality of the game has dropped. We used to watch quality matches,” said Yee Khan who won the All-England men’s doubles title with Ng Boon Bee in 1965 and 1966.
“We are not churning out quality players because we are no longer focusing on the schools. One centre of excellence is not enough. In recent times, we do not even hear of any of our players from the BJSS programme winning at the Asian or World Junior Championships.
“The best players from every school should be trained under one roof under a good coach in every state. That would be ideal.
“BAM should work on this and not think about how to change the habits of the players at the top. Nothing much can be done with the players in their early 20s any more. We should look lower than that,” he added.
Yee Khan also hoped the BAM would hire a technical expert to revamp the training and coaching structure.