Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister Khairy gave a whacking on BAM poor showing at the recent 2014. Asian Games in Incheon.
He said the national body should go back to the drawing board and come out with an immediate short and long term plan for the future.
BAM had targeted two silver medals and one bronze but they returned with four bronze medals – from the men’s team, click men’s singles (Lee Chong Wei), hospital men’s doubles (Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong) and women’s doubles (Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo).
The bronze medals won were by virtue of reaching the semi-finals as there were no playoffs.
Khairy said that badminton’s failure to do better than the Guangzhou Games four years ago – was a grave concern to the Sports Ministry.
“They targeted two silver medals but I had personally hoped for a gold. This is because we had a world No. 1 player in our ranks and naturally, I would have wanted the BAM to aim for a gold. To return home without having a single representative in the final is a big concern to us,” said Khairy after attending the launch of the Kopiko Purple League.
“There was a silver lining though with the good performances of the doubles players. V Shem-Wee Kiong and Vivian-Khe Wei have shown potential for the future.
“It is unfortunate that Chong Wei had to meet Lin Dan in the semis. Chong Wei will not be around for long and BAM need to look into a short and long term plan.
“Chong Wei’s retirement in a year or two is inevitable. What are BAM going to do about their short term plans? Can Chong Wei Feng or Iskandar (Zulkarnain Zainuddin) up their game in the next one or two years. Or can there be players outside BAM like Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Mohd Arif Abdul Arif making the breakthrough?
“At the same time, they have to work on their development programme by broadening their base and looking into the coaching aspects.”
Khairy was however pleased with the other sectors for supporting BAM by initiating their own badminton development programmes.
The Sports Ministry is set to launch a national badminton development programme next year while Kopiko Purple League – the first professional league – will also focus on the development of youngsters.