KUALA LUMPUR: A new camp commandant, a new deputy president and some new faces in the Asian Games squad.
These were some of the decisions made at the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) council meeting in a bid to make the national body a more effective organisation.
BAM president Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said yesterday that the council had endorsed the team for the Asian Games, which will be held in Guangzhou, China, from Nov 12-27, and the exclusion of Chin Eei Hui from the women’s squad.
Earlier, Eei Hui’s partner Wong Pei Tty was also dropped to give the latter time to recover from her knee injury. In fact, the women’s doubles team will consist of new faces – Marylen Ng Paou Leng-Lim Yin Loo, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and Goh Liu Ying.
“We decided that Eei Hui too needed a break to recover from her knee injury. We have decided to field a young team to give them the exposure,” said Nadzmi.
Eei Hui, however, will play in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next month with Woon Khe Wei.
Meanwhile, BAM have appointed a new camp commandant to monitor the movement of national shuttlers at the training centre.
The former army personnel, whose name will be released soon, will be responsible for instilling discipline at the training centre.
Nadzmi said that the council also proposed to make a constitutional change by appointing a second deputy president.
Currently, BAM’s sole deputy president is Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah.
Nadzmi also said that the council had given the mandate to the coaching and training committee, headed by Ng Chin Chai, to execute their plans and endorsed the appointment of Datuk James Selvaraj as the high performance director.
* To elevate the status of the National Circuit’s Division Two Under-18 event by increasing the prize money;
* To provide subsidy to all states in a bid to introduce the Under-11 and Under-13 junior tournaments next year;
* To review the monthly allowances of the national shuttlers – elite, back-up and junior. The RM500 for back-up is insufficient;
* To stick with their plans to build a new national training centre in the Klang Valley, having turned down an offer by the government to build one in Labu, Negri Sembilan;
* To place the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) under the development committee and to organise nine coaching courses;
* To review the presidential and ranking bonuses. To get feedback from the players before deciding whether to do away or to increase the cash incentives; and
* To prepare a bid to host the Super Series Masters Finals.
The Asian Games squad
Singles: Lee Chong Wei, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Chan Kwong Beng, Liew Daren.
Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon
Singles: Wong Mew Choo, Lydia Cheah, Tee Jing Yi, Sannatasah Saniru.
Doubles: Marylen Ng Poau Leng-Lim Yin Loo, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, Goh Liu Ying
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