Array of experts to look into why shuttlers fail in Athens

PETALING JAYA: There will be no shortage of experts for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)'s first workshop to dissect badminton's failure at the last August's Athens Olympic Games.  

Yesterday, the BAM secretary P. Ganga Rao confirmed that about 30 people will attend the one-day workshop on Monday at the National Sports Council (NSC) auditorium. 

Two weeks' ago, the BAM named Dr Leonard De Vries, the president of the Malaysian Association for Physical Education, Sport Science and Fitness, as the chairman of the workshop. 

The workshop will discuss the Malaysian badminton players' failure to win any medals in Athens and also to propose ideas and ways to help Malaysia become a world force in badminton.  

“We have invited former players to participate in this workshop. Datuk Sieh Kok Chi will represent the OCM (Olympic Council of Malaysia) and we also have people from NSC. Besides looking at the Athens failure, we also hope this workshop will help us to improve our chances of winning honours for the country in future,” said Ganga, 

Besides eight state secretaries, the BAM have also invited eight former greats and international players - Datuk Eddy Choong, Tan Yee Khan, James Selvaraj, Ong Beng Teong, Razif Sidek, Foo Kok Keong, Jalani Sidek and Kwan Yoke Meng . 

The others include former national coach Han Jian, the BAM coaches panel chairman Ng Chin Chai, NCS international athletes preparation director Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and National Sports Institute (NSI) director Dr Ramlan Aziz.  

“Some of our coaches and players, who had competed in the Athens Games, will not be around as they will be competing in the China Open. But those, who are not involved in the tournament, will attend the workshop,” added Ganga. 

Doubles shuttler Lee Wan Wah and Mohd Roslin Hashim have also confirmed participation for the workshop. 

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