KUALA LUMPUR: The national team’s insipid performances at the recent Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in Bangkok was the final straw.
And Badminton Association of Malaysia’s president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria has taken full responsibility by stepping down as the Coaching and Training (CNT) committee chairman.
BAM secretary Datuk Ng Chin Chai has been named as his successor. Chin Chai is not new to the post, having previously served as CNT chairman for three years (2011-2013).
The men’s and women’s teams failed to reach the Thomas Cup semi-finals and Uber Cup quarter-finals respectively.
“I take full responsibility for our teams’ failure to achieve our targets at the Thomas and Uber Cup in Bangkok,” said Norza after chairing his final CNT meeting at the Academy Badminton Malaysia yesterday.
“Chin Chai will continue with the robust approach.
“He’ll be more hands-on in dealing with the coaches and players and I wish him all the best.”
Norza will now focus on managing other matters in the BAM.
“The are many issues to focus on. There is the new Academy and I also have to get more sponsors on board,” he said.
Norza had been chairman of the CNT since it was re-introduced in 2015 after being disbanded in 2013.
Under his charge, he created a high-performance culture by integrating sports science and sports technology.
One of the notable achievements during his reign as the CNT chairman was the three silver medals won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
For the record, the national team also failed to meet a three-gold medal target at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April. They won two through Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles) and Chow Mei Kuan-Vivian Hoo (women’s doubles).