BAM work with NSI for a solid 2012 Olympic plan

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) plan to add more depth in their elite squad by lifting their scientific approach to the game to a higher level.

The BAM coaches, including Rexy Mainaky and Yap Kim Hock, attended a symposium on how best to make use of sports science to maximise the potential of their players in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The BAM president, Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh (pic), also attended the three-hour gathering organised by the National Sports Institute (NSI), headed by Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz.

The BAM want to come up with a solid programme for the 2012 London Olympics and Nadzmi, who is also the BAM coaching and training committee chairman, said that he was happy with their partnership with the NSI.

“It is good to know what the NSI have to offer and how we can make the best use of their services. We want to take this to another level,” he said.

“The more important thing now is for us to find a working formula on how best the coaches can communicate this (aspect of sports science) to their players and work together with the NSI team.”

Yesterday, Nadzmi and the coaches got to view the data and analysis collected by the NSI officers on the players’ performances in the Beijing Olympics. They also viewed videos on matches involving silver medallist Lee Chong Wei and the doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

“These knowledge of the players, taken scientifically, will be handy for our coaches. I have always stressed on the importance of sports science. Little knowledge is dangerous and we hope that our coaches will be more savvy on these matters,” he said.

Nadzmi added that it was his vision for the BAM to boast of having a high-tech training centre of their own.

“Badminton is the number one sport in the country. It should have its own training centre with its own world-class players, coaches, facilities and sports science officers, handling every aspect of the players ­— physical, mental, nutrition, physiology etc. This is my vision,” he said.

“With better implementation of this approach, we will not have coaches or players giving lame excuses for defeats. Instead, we will have coaches giving good and scientific explanations on their players’ wins or defeats.”

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