BAM blames coaches over badminton team’s failure at Asian Games

BAM President Mohamad Norza Zakaria says weaknesses of national players must be identified immediately.

JAKARTA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Mohamad Norza Zakaria wants the BAM’s Coaching and Training (C&T) Committee to take responsibility for the poor performance of the national badminton team at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

Mohamad Norza said the committee’s line-up, led by Ng Chin Chai, should embark on a drastic measure to identify the weaknesses of the national players the soonest possible.

“The biggest issue is consistency. They cannot maintain the consistency and this is something that is not good for the players. The second issue is our blunt finishing. We might have controlled the game from the start but eventually, we are still defeated.

“We (BAM) have given the space and opportunity for the new C&T (team). As such, they have to do something drastic because they have to be responsible for the poor show,” he told Malaysian media after the men’s doubles event at the Istora Senayan Stadium here today.

National men’s doubles pairs Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi’s defeat in the quarter-finals had ended Malaysia’s challenge in the Asia Games campaign.

To add insult to injury, Malaysia failed to bag any medal and at the same time, it did not achieve the target of two medals.

Elaborating, Norza admitted that the absence of national badminton ace, Lee Chong Wei had somehow affecting the overall show by the squad.

“We have failed and we accept that. The absence of Lee Chong Wei has given a bit of an impact because our strength is in the men’s singles event,” he added.