Nadzmi: A team to head badminton squad – for now


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  • Saturday, 14 Apr 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Ideally, there should be one head to lead the national badminton team, says Bad­minton Asso­ciation of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.

But for now, the BAM are unable to find the best man for the job.

Thus, Nadzmi said, BAM would continue with their plan to have several experts to run the show – at least until the Olympic Games in London.

This was Nadzmi’s response when it was pointed out that many felt that BAM’s current structure of having several heads were considered as an ineffective way of running the national team.

Former internationals Cheah Soon Kit and Ong Ewe Hock had stated that there should not be too many hands meddling in training and coaching matters and that all coaching and training should come under one supremo.

Currently, BAM are run by two group of people – although both are seen as doing the same job.

They have the high performance team consisting of Wong Ah Jit, Ng Chin Chai, Datuk James Selvaraj and Mohd Ariffin Ghani – making decision for the Olympic-bound team and there is the coaching and training committee headed by Chin Chai. And there is general manager Kenny Goh, who also has his say in coaching and training matters as many players and coaches confide in him.

“I agree that it is best to have one expert to run the show. If it is a company, I will appoint a CEO (chief executive officer) to produce results, make him accountable and pay him handsomely. His job is to come out with his own initiatives, creativity and methodology. If he fails, he has to go because at the end of the day, results count,” said Nadzmi.

“But in BAM, we do not have this luxury. We have not found one person to manage all this. We are a learning organisation and for now we have a team of experts working for us,” said Nadzmi, who made a surprise visit to the national training centre in Stadium Juara at Bukit Kiara yesterday.

On Rexy Mainaky’s resignation as a coach after seven years to join the Philippines, Nadzmi said: “We have benefited from Rexy and so has Rexy. His absence, however, will not make much difference for us. No one is indispensable and I am sure that he has left because of his own reasons and agenda.”

“It is now up to the players to make their own initiatives and stay focused. Only they can help themselves. “Rexy has tried his best but he has not found any formula to help (Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong) for breakthroughs at a later stage. I am perplexed over why he cannot repeat the feat that saw Koo-Tan getting off to a winning start at the Asian Games in Doha. I can only conclude that other pairs – especially from China and South Korea had improved tremendously.

“In the doubles, we have to change the way we train. It is now all about speed, power and endurance. This should be the focus when we make plans and change the way we train when the new Olympic cycle begin,” added Nadzmi, who resigned as the Proton chairman last month.

Despite giving up the post, Nadzmi had been kept busy with his other businesses that deals with buses, plantation and supplying military equipment and also taking care of BAM’s financial status.


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