KUALA LUMPUR: A performance director will be back to play a prominent role in charting the future of Malaysian badminton and a think-tank, comprising former greats, are also set to make a return.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president, Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, said that they would appoint a performance director to be in charge of the programmes.
We plan to appoint a performance director to take charge of the whole coaching and training programme in the country. People from the grassroots to the national level will report to him. We will bring this matter up during our Exco meeting, he said.
The performance director's jobs include formulating targets for coaches and players from the grassroots to the national level. He will also draw up programmes and monitor the progress of coaches and players.
The performance director will collect reports from the chief coaches and will review the players' performances. His views and comments will be heard at the coaching and training committee, who are headed by Nadzmi.
He would also liaise with all the state's full-time managers. The full-time managers are expected to be appointed following the government's decision to give special aid to help badminton achieve world excellence.
After a one-day workshop on Monday to review the performance of the players at the Athens Olympics, Nadzmi said that the BAM might form the think-tank of former greats again.
Former top national shuttlers Datuk Eddy Choong, Tan Yee Khan, James Selvaraj and Razif Sidek were among those who attended the workshop to share their views and ideas on how to put Malaysia back on the world map.
I value their opinions. Some of their ideas are great and it will benefit the BAM. There was a suggestion to form the think-tank (from Eddy) and I like it. We will look into it during our Exco meeting, added Nadzmi.
Previously, the BAM had Dane Morten Frost Hansen as their coaching director. But he was hampered by outside interferences.
The previous think-tank was formed after the national team's failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2000 Thomas Cup Finals. They were dissolved in 2002.