Father cries foul after son fails to make BAM grade

KUALA LUMPUR: The father of shuttler Muhd Iqram Maula Azman has alleged that his son had been treated unfairly during his three years with the Badminton Asso­ciation of Malaysia (BAM).

The 18-year-old Iqram, a former Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student, was dropped after a selection trial was held at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara last month to pick players for the national back-up squad.

Of the 40 who attended the three-day trial, only 19 shuttlers were included in the national back-up squad.

Iqram’s father, Datuk Azman Abdullah, feels that Iqram, as well as the other BJSS players, should have been automatically promoted to the national back-up squad instead of having to undergo trials.

“My son should not be judged solely on his performance over the three days as he was not fully fit, having just recovered from a career-threatening injury (torn meniscus on his left knee), which he sustained earlier last year. For all the hard work and dedication put in throughout his three years with the BJSS, it’s unfair of BAM to drop him,” said Azman.

The BAM had also turned down an appeal for Iqram to be reinstated two weeks ago,

“Even during his time with the BJSS, he was hardly given a chance to impress. He was not sent for as many tournaments as his other team-mates.”

Iqram said that he has decided to quit and pursue his tertiary studies.

“Joining the national team training is the only way to go far in my badminton career. There’s no point doing that now, so I have decided to give it up,” lamented Iqram.

BAM technical director Morten Frost said the decision to drop Iqram was done above board.

“In the case of Iqram, BAM had followed all procedures,” said Frost.

“We went through an extensive process and Iqram did not make the cut. The decision was endorsed by the Development Committee, Coaching and Training Committee and the exco council two times. We would like to wish Iqram all the best.”

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