KUALA LUMPUR: Former doubles ace Razif Sidek took a swipe at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after he was booted out from the coaching and training committee.
Yesterday, the 41-year-old Razif said that he had received a letter from the BAM, stating that he was no longer needed as a member of the coaching and training committee, an integral part of the association formed three years ago, and headed by BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.
“We were suppose to be the “think tank” for the BAM but nothing much was done. We have only met several times (three times) since this committee was formed. Now, I got a letter last week, stating that I am no longer a member of the committee and I am not very sure of the reasons behind it,” said Razif.
He however, felt that BAM should improve on their efforts to produce world champions.
“I am very puzzled with some of the BAM's implementations. The hectic schedules are always used as excuses for their national players' inconsistent performances. During my playing days (with Jalani), I competed in 12 tournaments in a year and won eight titles,” said Razif.
“Being a chief coach is not an easy chore. It is a “hot seat” and the person must be responsible for producing results. Nusa Mahsuri players like Roslin and Hafiz (Hashim brothers) should take the advantage of training with BAM's national players and achieve desirable results.”
Razif also said that there was a lack of local tournaments on the BAM calendar.
“The BAM's focus is on international tournaments and they have neglected the local tournaments. This year, they have hosted only two Open tournaments. This is not enough,” he said.
“State players need an avenue for them to strut their stuff and challenge the national players on a regular basis. If the state players are not exposed to a competitive tournament, how are we going to increase our pool of players?”.
Yesterday, the BAM secretary P. Ganga Rao confirmed that they had revamped the coaching and training committee.
“We have sent letters to all the coaching and training committee members. This is a BAM's streamlining exercise. The previous coaching and training committee was merely a consultative committee but the new team will have more power to recommend and implement important decisions. They will also meet on a regular basis,” said Ganga.
Besides Razif, the others, who are no longer on the coaching and training committee are Tan Aik Huang, James Selvaraj, former chief coaches Park Joo-bong, Indra Gunawan, Tuan Sheikh Kamaruddin, Han Jian, M. Venugopal, R. Ravindran and Jalani Sidek.
Ganga did not want to release the names of the new committee members but added that the composition of the team would abide by the association's bylaws.