BAM axe seven underperforming shuttlers

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have made a statement of intent to achieve their goals for Project ‘24 when they axed seven players.

World No. 19 men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi were the biggest names to be given the boot.

The others were men’s singles players Soong Joo Ven, Tan Jia Wei, Mohd Ziyad Tah and women’s doubles players Payee Lim Peiy Yee-Lim Chiew Sien.

Project ‘24 is aimed at taking Malaysia back into the Thomas Cup final and winning a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

When asked if it was a hasty decision to axe Yew Sin-Ee Yi with the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, BAM secretary Datuk Kenny Goh said: “It wasn’t an easy decision but we wanted to show that we are serious in moving forward and to do that we have to make the necessary changes.

Heartbreaking: Soong Joo Ven and Tan Jia Wei (below) among the seven to be given the boot.Heartbreaking: Soong Joo Ven and Tan Jia Wei (below) among the seven to be given the boot.

“We don’t want it to remain business as usual for the players and coaches which is why we make these decisions, ” added Kenny after the coaching and training committee meeting at the Academy Badminton Malaysia yesterday.

“We have given them ample opportunity to prove themselves. We reviewed their overall performances for the past six months to a year and we feel this is the way for us to move forward.”

However, Kenny said that they have not completely shut the door on these players.

“If they choose to continue playing, we will still review them and if they prove themselves we will let them represent the country.

“By letting them go, we are not neglecting the Tokyo Olympics. Instead, we are focusing more on players who can qualify including the independent players. We will help them towards qualifying and hopefully win a medal in Tokyo.”

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Badminton

Meet Dania who can give ‘uncles’ a run for their money in badminton
Postponement of Indian Open puts paid to Tan-Lai’s Olympics hopes
Cash-strapped Daren not fretting about rankings
Indian Open postponed after virus surge
India Open postponed following hike in Covid-19 cases
Take heart – virus-hit shuttlers should be back in the fray soon
You can’t blame Soniia
Academy Badminton Malaysia forced to shut down for the next few days
Covid-19: Five shuttlers test positive, Academy Badminton Malaysia shuts down
Chef de mission Chong Wei keeps athletes on guard with sound advice

Stories You'll Enjoy