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.
“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.”