KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk James Selvaraj is looking forward to meeting Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh before deciding whether to accept the high performance director job on a full-time basis.
James yesterday expressed surprise over BAM’s decision to appoint a full-time high performance director.
On Friday, the BAM exco, chaired by Nadzmi, admitted that their decision to hire a part-time high performance director was not working out and that they wanted bring in someone on a full-time basis.
Ironically, it was BAM who offered James, a senior manager with Bata Malaysia, the job on a part-time basis.
The 61-year-old James said he had a lot of things to highlight to Nadzmi before committing to a full-time job.
“I am surprised with this decision as the BAM were clear about my position when they offered me the job. I do not like to wash dirty linen in public but I have been working as a high performance director for the last 10 months and I still do not know in what my role is,” said James.
“Since I started, the selections of athletes and coaches for all the tournaments were not done by me. It was done by BAM officials.
“The high performance director is the one with knowledge about the game ... not the administrators. Don’t you think I should be the one to decide on who should go where? After all, I was selected for my knowledge in the technical part of the game and my experience.
“Surprisingly though, all the coaches have been directed to hand in the names of their players for the Kedah Open (July 13-17) to me. Finally, I have been given the recognition and due respect to approve the selection of the players. But why now – now after 10 months?”
James said there were many other factors that needed to be considered before he would want to become a full-time high performance director.
“Will I get a good package ... better than what Bata is offering me? I have been with the company for 31 years. I have to re-look everything. More importantly, I want to know my job description,” he said.
James said that he respected Nadzmi’s decision to discuss the matter after the World Championships, which will be held in London from Aug 8-14.
“I have agreed with Nadzmi to discuss the matter after the world meet. I hope to meet with him alone. I want to have a heart-to-heart talk with him. For now, I will focus on preparing the team for the world event,” he said.
James will join the team, led by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, to Bath University for their centralised training from July 27-Aug 4 and he will continue the journey with the team to Wembley for the world meet.
This will be the second time that he is following the team overseas since he began work in September. He was with the natioal team at last week’s Indonesian Open, which Chong Wei won for the fourth time.