ATHLETES & COACHES
Nadzmi has sound advice for in-coming supremo - NST
OUTGOING BA of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Nadzmi Salleh is leaving it to the delegates to elect his replacement at the association's annual general meeting-cum-elections on July 27.
Nadzmi, who has been president since 2000, has confirmed he will not seek re-election but will neither endorse anyone for the post.
He chaired his final executive committee (exco) meeting at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.
"Let the delegates choose a new president. I believe it will be an interesting election," said Nadzmi.
"Being the leader of BAM is a huge responsibility as the president must manage the RM20 million annual budget and make sure our players keep improving."
Nadzmi's decision to step down has opened the door for his two deputies -- Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah and Datuk Al Amin Majid -- to battle for the top position.
Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir and former Proton Holdings Bhd chief Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff have also been linked to the hot-seat.
On election day, the delegates will decide on candidates through a show of hands, as stipulated in BAM's constitution.
Nadzmi, the president of Badminton Asia Confederation, was also nominated to contest the Badminton World Federation (BWF) presidency but withdrew.
"As president, I am proud that the association has improved in many areas but still we need to perform better in international events.
"When I first became president, the association was in shambles but we managed to source for funds and also made positive changes for the betterment of the sport.
"I was also touched when the association still wanted me after I suffered a stroke a few years ago."
On areas BAM must improve on to develop quality players of Lee Chong Wei's calibre, Nadzmi said it was time to adopt the modern training methodology of South Korea and China.
"We need to focus on our juniors, those from Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and introduce sports science to their training. Although the National Sports Institute (NSI) has been providing a psychologist to help our elite squad, our juniors do not have such privileges.
"We have world class coaches and players but our psychologists aren't world class just yet. We need experienced personnel, who have a passion for badminton, not fresh graduates, to help our players' deal with pressure," he said.
Nadzmi added: "Korea and China put great importance on sport science training to develop their players. In the modern game, we cannot rely on old techniques. We need new methods to ensure success." On whether BAM will engage an experienced psychologist, Nadzmi said if the right candidate comes by.
Nadzmi believes that it will not be easy to find a player in the mould of Chong Wei but the association can work towards producing quality players.
"We have everything in place to develop players but may be we need to improvise.
"At the Sudirman Cup, China's coach Li Yongbo told me that he has not found a player of Lin Dan's talent but has a pool of quality players.
"We need to source for more players and provide them with quality training," Nadzmi added.
The coaching and training committee also disclosed that the World Championships-bound shuttlers will have a short training stint in Hong Kong.
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