PETALING JAYA: It was the first day of the Hari Raya celebration but Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh still found time, amidst entertaining his guests, to give his input on the team’s performance at the recent World Championships in London.
The first thing that Nadzmi expressed was BAM’s commitment to look into some of the disappointments and near misses experienced by the team at the world meet.
“It is not about blaming anyone. In BAM, we do not blame anyone but we find ways to overcome problems and to provide solutions so that we can achieve better results. It is the same way in business too,” said Nadzmi.
He was also happy with the indepth analysis made by the National Sports Institute (NSI), led by director general Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz, last week on the performances of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Lee Chong Wei.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, last year’s runners-up, went down tamely to South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong in the quarter-finals – their fifth defeat to the Koreans over the last two years.
Chong Wei reached his first-ever final in the world series but went down to China’s Lin Dan after twice holding comfortable leads in a thrilling men’s singles action.
Nadzmi hopes the coaches will be receptive to changes and come out with better plans and programmes.
“Dr Ramlan has come out with a good analysis. I like the evidence-based kind of analysis as it gives us a good picture of what actualy happened,” said Nadzmi.
“In the case of Koo-Tan, it was obvious they adopted a different method against the Koreans. Instead of attacking, they switched to a defensive mode.
“I hope the coaches will recognise what went wrong. It has been the same (kind of) training year in and year out and, naturally, the outcome will be the same. We need to look into devising something new now. Hopefully, whatever problems the players are facing will be arrested at the next tournament.”
As for Chong Wei, Nadzmi said that the coaches would be urged to add some elements of surprise to his armoury so that he would be able to get the better of Lin Dan next time – especially at the London Olympic Games.
“Lin Dan is never the same when he plays against Chong Wei. He always has some element of surprise against Chong Wei. It is now our turn to do the same. Chong Wei must be able to do the same.”
The BAM president hoped that the coaches and high performance director Datuk James Selvaraj would be able to work together when they get together at the next coaching and training committee meeting on Sept 8.
“It is not about blaming one another ... so we hope that the coaches, players and high performance director will be able to work together and come out with a good solution. We do not want to be talking about the same issues at the next major event – the Olympic Games,” he said.