I REFER to the reports “Need for speed” and “Give us five years” (StarSport, Sunday Star, June 16) on Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria’s claim that Malaysia won’t need to wait 10 to 15 years to produce another world class player like Datuk Lee Chong Wei, and that “we have all the world class facilities and coaches. We should focus on producing another top player in five years.”
BAM must review whether the current training methods place too much emphasis on getting short-term results and should also be willing to invest more time and money to develop grassroots talent in our schools and clubs. For this, I believe the Education Ministry is working with BAM to identify students who have potential to be great athletes.
BAM and sports bodies must also promote multiculturalism in Malaysian sports. Currently, team sports like hockey, football, basketball and even badminton are dominated by a particular ethnic group.
Get rid of favouritism and accommodate independent players. They too play an important role in the development of badminton in our country.
Fans are finding out that our players are leaving BAM due to factions and disputes over sponsors, salaries and allowances. A more transparent selection process must be based on merit.
C. SATHASIVAM SITHERAVELLU