KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Razif Sidek knows how to win the hearts of the national badminton coaches.
On Friday, Razif, who was the captain when Malaysia won the 1992 Thomas Cup, announced that power and authority has been given to the national coaches in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) set-up.
With power, though, the coaches will have to be accountable for every decision they make.
Razif, who is the BAM’s head of assessors unit, said that the coaches have been given free rein to draft their training programme and tournament schedule, which will project their plans on a quarterly basis.
Their main goal is to prepare a solid team for next year’s major tournaments - Thomas Cup Finals, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
Razif said that his team would monitor and assess their coaches’ plans. Currently, the only other member of the unit is former doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her.