PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Badminton Korea Association (BKA) to develop badminton as an industry.
Under this MoU, there will be joint training programmes for junior players and friendly matches, while coaches will also exchange ideas and knowledge in terms of sports science.
Slated to last four years, the partnership will see the BAM and BKA planning league tournaments in which players from both countries will participate.
The Koreans headed by Kim Joong-soo, former chief coach and currently the chief executive director of the BKA, arrived on Wednesday with six boys and eight girls who are also preparing for the Asia Under-17 and Under-15 Championships in Kudus, Java, from Oct 8-13.
President Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff explained that the BAM have long thought about a viable partnership with the Koreans.
“South Korea have became a badminton superpower in such a short span of time and we have always talked about working closely with them,” said Tengku Mahaleel after the MoU signing ceremony.