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BAM to have open, transparent national selection

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: States, clubs and independent players are set to get a fair chance of making the national team under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s new management structure.

On Saturday, BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that the national body would be open and transparent with the selection of national players under their umbrella and would give everyone an equal chance.

This step is expected to rid any notion that the national body practises favouritism.

“Non-BAM players can challenge national players during our new ranking tournaments. They could come from professional club Kuala Lumpur Racquet Club (KLRC) or even Machang Badminton Club in Kelantan but if they do better than any of the national players, they will be roped into the national team. National shuttlers who perform poorly will be dropped and they must prove themselves again to get in,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

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Razif, Soon Kit impressed

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Published: 10 September 2013
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RAZIF Sidek and Cheah Soon Kit are impressed with the BA of Malaysia (BAM) and are willing to devote their time to helping talent management group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong make Malaysia a world badminton power again.

    Razif has been included in the assessment team of former internationals to assist Aik Mong evaluate the performance of coaches and players. They are  likely to have a meeting today.

    BAM president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, after announcing the new five-year plan during the council meeting on Saturday, also mentioned that Soon Kit is another former international that  should be in the assessment team while Lee Chong Wei is the only current national player  included.

    Razif said  although the talent management group consists of the entire programme from the national senior squad right down to grassroots development at state level, it is a good idea that it comes under the supervision of one person.

    "The changes are positive and I believe there is hope if everyone can work towards the goal of nurturing Malaysia into a world class badminton nation again," said Razif.

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'Dinosaur' to introduce technology to badminton (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Old-timer Tan Aik Mong is ready to give Malaysian badminton a facelift by managing players and coaches using a “hip and happening” approach.

On Saturday, the 63-year-old Aik Mong, a computer whiz, said that he was looking forward to assuming the heavy responsibility as director of Badminton Association of Malaysia’s Talent Management Group (TMG) on a full-time basis.

For a start, he is set to computerise all the coaching and training methods. The coaches’ reports, match analyses and videos will be documented, recorded and made accessible to the states. Tan Aik Mong: 'Even if I leave, we will have a proper documented system which my successor will be able to use for the betterment of the game.'

“We will develop four systems. Computerisation is my expertise ... I have been at it for 40 years,” said Aik Mong, who has a vast knowledge in information technology and had served as a systems analyst and computer manager in two major companies.

“The ISN (National Sports Institute) has done well to capture many videos of our players in action against their opponents. I will dedicate all my coaches to the ISN to analyse and come up with strategies to win and we will document it,” he said.

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Daren a relieved man after meeting Mahaleel and Aik Mong (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren’s fear of his future in the national team is all gone after two meetings in two days with the new management.

On Monday, Daren and all the national players met up with Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

On Saturday, they had a closed door meeting with BAM’s president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff. National men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren’s fear of his future in the national team is all gone after meeting Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong.

The 26-year-old Daren said they were now quite clear with their roles and responsibilities in the national team and hoped to be given some time to get used to the changes.

“We raised a number of grouses in the meeting with the president. We are happy as we were given assurances that they would be looked into. It was also good that the president took his time to meet up with us,” said Daren.

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BAM cuts down to just 2 main groups (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: A new structure, a five-year strategic plan, and the return of former internationals Tan Aik Mong and Razif Sidek.

These are some of the highlights from a comprehensive five-year plan unveiled by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Saturday at the council meeting, which was endorsed by all his members – unanimously.

The 66-year-old Tengku Mahaleel said that he had trimmed the previous BAM’s elaborate structure to only two main groups - the Talent Management Group (TMG) and the Service Support Group (SSG).Tan Aik Mong (left) with BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff after the council meeting. Aik Mong will now be in charge of coaching, training, development and tournament plans.

He has done away with the executive committee (exco) and all seven sub-committees, including the all-powerful coaching and training committee (CNT).

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