KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Kwan Yoke Meng and National Sports Insitute (NSI) coordinator Wong Ah Jit have ruled themselves out of the race for the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) high performance director post.
Yoke Meng, when met over lunch yesterday, said: “I was approached for this post two years ago but I could not accept it due to work commitment. And I did not apply for the post this time for the same reason. I was surprised to see my name being mentioned.”
Ah Jit too is keen to quash talk of his interest in the post, saying he would better placed to give badminton a solid backing as a NSI officer.
“The scientific approach to the game is so crucial as the sport has evolved over time. And the NSI have all the resources and expertise to support BAM – especially in preparing the shuttlers for the London Olympic Games,” said Ah Jit.
“I can still help BAM ... but as a NSI officer. No, I am not coming in as BAM’s high performance director.”
With Yoke Meng and Ah Jit out of the picture and Cheah Soon Kit denying that he applied for the post now that he has started a new job as the chief coach of the Looi Badminton Academy, the two confirmed candidates are former internationals Razif Sidek and Yap Kim Hock.
Meanwhile, Singaporean Lim Han Peng, who holds a PhD in Sports Science research, attended an interview for the high performance director post at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.
Today a Malaysian academician Sheikh Kamaruddin Sheikh Ahmad will attend an interview.
Since the BAM advertised the post in the newspapers, a total of 19 people – from fresh graduates to sports enthusiasts – have applied but only five were shortlisted and called for a series of interviews.
The BAM are looking for a suitable and full-time candidate to replace Datuk James Selvaraj, who is acting as the high performance director on a part-time basis.