Saturday, May 22, 2010

Badminton: Excuses but BAM accepts them!

  Zakry Latif (left) leaves the BAM office followed by  Fairuzizuan Tazari and Ong Soon Hock after the players’meeting with Nadzmi  yesterday. — PIcture by Osman Adnan
Zakry Latif (left) leaves the BAM office followed by Fairuzizuan Tazari and Ong Soon Hock after the players’meeting with Nadzmi yesterday. — PIcture by Osman Adnan
A WEEK after folding like a pack of cards, the national players have given their reasons for the mediocre Thomas Cup performance.

To a fan, the reasons will sound more like excuses but the BA of Malaysia has accepted them and president Datuk Nadzmi Salleh even praised the players for being able to analyse what went wrong.

In fact, Nadzmi, following his meeting with the players at Juara Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, even feels that drastic changes are not needed to check what is, for those on the outside, surely a sign of decay in the set-up.


"The players were able to analyse themselves on what transpired in the Thomas Cup and several factors were highlighted," said Nadzmi.

"They said that our rivals are learning faster, have improved, are mentally stronger while some even spoke about the pressure from the media and how it disrupts them." The excuses seem lame and with BAM hesitant to get tough, Malaysia can expect mediocre performances in the World Championships and Asian Games later this year.

BAM has targeted gold in both but with the players admitting they can't handle pressure, what chance is there for the wait for a World Championships title to end in Paris? The players, said Nadzmi, also gave suggestions on how future campaigns should be run.


"They touched on the isolated centralised training in 2006 which could have been a success story if not for Wong Choong Hann's injury." Malaysia fell in the semi-finals then, losing all three singles tie to Denmark. "They also suggested that interview sessions with the media be just once a week so that their preparations are not disrupted.

It would also avoid the media from putting more pressure on them," said Nadzmi.

While losing to China, though in the manner they did was unexpected, was always going to happen, the fact that they lost to Japan for the first time ever seems to have escaped the players.


Nadzmi attributed this to the improvement shown by Malaysia's rivals but a question BAM and the players have to answer is why isn't this the case with them? The players lack for nothing and yet, they are willing to accept that Japan have improved.

Nadzmi is to meet the coaches today and hopefully, they are more honest in their appraisal to ensure that the Thomas Cup fiasco is not swept under the carpet just because the players have given what have been deemed as plausible reasons.

The coaches must be brave in pushing forward their proposals and dropping players who can no longer contribute to the national agenda.

BAM doesn't seem to want to do that and if the coaches also compromise, then Malaysian badminton is set to become mediocre.

*Taken from NST Online

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