BAM announce 2 new appointments to help churn more talents

In efforts to boost the merit and prominence of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), the governing body has announced two new important appointments.

BAM has appointed Michelle Chai Han Ching as their new general manager, and Dr. Suresh Kumar as the Malaysia Badminton Academy Acting Head.

According to BAM’s president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, the two appointments are made to achieve BAM’s mission of churning out more quality national shuttlers in the future.

Both Michelle Chai and Dr. Suresh have an impressive track record and experience in the sports industry that can help BAM reach greater heights.

“Michelle has been involved very much in the development of football in the UAE and AFC. She has experience and exposure.” Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria told The Star.

“She has not done badminton but, for a person who has handled football for 16 years, badminton should not be difficult.” he added.

Michelle Chai, who is the first woman to be appointed in a top position in BAM, is excited to be back home and is ready for the new challenge that lies ahead of her.

“I’m delighted to be back home serving the sports fraternity again. Although the sport is different, the principle of development and management is similar.” The Star quoted her as saying.

“The challenge is unique and interesting and I’m looking forward to working together with the BAM family.” Michelle said.

“There are big plans to transform the profile of badminton in Malaysia.” said the 42-year-old, who added that she is also excited to be under the leadership of the new BAM president.


#AustraliaOpen: Kian Meng-Pei Jing sink 2017 Indonesian Open champions

Team Malaysia have been enjoying a fairly successful run in the Crown Group Australian Open that is ongoing in Sydney.

Mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing sunk 2017 Indonesian Open champions Tontowi Ahmad – Lilyana Natsir in two straight sets, 21-17, 21-16.

Another mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See also advanced into the next round after defeating Japan’s Takuro Hoki – Sayaka Hirota.

The Malaysian pair lost the first set 14-21, but bounced back in the second and third set 21-19, 21-14 to clinch their victory.

However, Japan’s Yuki Kaneko Takuto Inoue proved too good for Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

The Japanese duo succumbed 16-21 in the first set, but retaliated strong in the second and third set as they outclassed Malaysia 21-13, 21-13.

The Crown Group Australian Open is ongoing from 20th until 25th of June in Sydney. Shuttlers from all over the world are competing for the prize money of USD 750,000.

More to come… 


Here’s why Lee Chong Wei decided to opt out of the Australia Open

The 2017 Crown Group Australian Open is scheduled to kick off on the 20th of June at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre in Sydney.

However, despite a whopping prize money of USD 750,000, the Superseries has already witnessed withdrawals from some big names, like Malaysia’s badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei and current world no 2. Viktor Axelsen.

Apart from Lee Chong Wei and Viktor Axelsen, India’s prominent Verma brothers; Sourabh and Sameer Verma, have also announced their withdrawal from the Australia Open.

2016 Korea Open champion Qiao Bin and Indonesia’s singles expert Ihsan Maulana Mustafa will also join list of shuttlers who will not be participating in the tournament.

Current All England champion Lee Chong Wei has decided to opt out of the tournament as he does not want to overstrain himself — he wants to make sure he is well rested and fit for the 2017 BWF World Championship in August.

His decision was confirmed and announced by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s president, Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria.

“Yes, Chong Wei informed me that he wants to withdraw from the Australia Open as he wants to give himself enough rest and be fit for the championship in August.” the president told Harian Metro.

The 34-year-old suffered an early exit from the Indonesia Open; Lee Chong Wei was outclassed by India’s HS Prannoy in two straight sets, 10-21, 18-21. However, Chong Wei is not too worried about the defeat, as his ultimate goal this year is the BWF world championship.

The 2017 BWF World Championship will be happening in Glasgow, Scotland, from the 21st until 27th of August.


2017 Indonesia Open: complete list of winners

Srikanth Kidambi

The 2017 Indonesia Open culminated yesterday during the heated finals, as we witnessed years of hard work being paid off and tears being shed.

India’s Srikanth Kidambi emerged winner of the men’s singles after a hard-fought battle with Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai. This is Srikanth’s first ever Indonesia Open Superseries title.

The 24-year old Indian outclassed Sakai in two straight sets, with 21-11, 21-19, all in under 37 minutes.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve won a super series as I was actually injured after the Olympics.” a beaming Srikanth said after the match.

“It’s definitely much needed for me after losing the final in the Singapore Open.” he added.

In the women’s single, Japan’s Sayaka Sato clinched her first ever singles in a Badminton World Federation Super Series event.

Sato, who put up a relentless fight against world No.5, Sung Ji-Hyun, defeated her opponent 21-13, 17-21, 21-19.

“After the second game, I saw my opponent’s face was quite tense… that’s when I started to earn point by point.” said Sato, who fell to her knees and succumbed to her tears upon earning her championship point.

Here are list of winners at the 2017 Indonesia Open:

Men’s singles – Srikanth Kidambi (India)

Women’s singles – Sayaka Sato (Japan)

Mens’ doubles – Li Junhui, Liu Yuchen (China)

Womens’ doubles –  Chen Qingchen, Jia Yifan (China)

Mixed doubles –  Tontowi Ahmad, Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)


Hafiz Hashim to join BAM’s revamped coaching squad?

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have been revamping their coaching structure to shake things up, and they have been adding new names to their coaching squad.

Recently, BAM welcomed back the legendary Datuk Misbun Sidek after six years of separation, the core objective being to produce more “Lee Chong Weis”, that is, more world number ones.

BAM signed Datuk Misbun on a two year contract, and his role will be more specific this time — to focus solely on training Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

“Misbun is only going to be focusing on Chong Wei and the other players will be monitored and trained by the other coaches. Chong Wei, on the other hand, has also promised to be fully committed under the tutelage of Misbun.” a source told HMetro.

In addition to that, BAM have announced that there could be a new addition to the coaching squad, namely Mohd Hafiz Hashim, former All-England champion.

According to The Star, Hafiz Hashim will be attending an interview with BAM’s technical director, Morten Frost, for the position of national womens’ singles coach.

Hafiz Hashim left BAM in 2011 and ventured into the Jaguh Tangkis Badminton Club (JTBC) in 2013. He then went o to play for the Petaling Jaya Badminton Club in the Purple League.

If goes well at the interview, Hafiz Hashim would be the newest addition to the revamped coaching list.

“All the departments have more than two coaches except for the women’s singles.” Frost told The Star.

“There are plans to increase the women’s singles intake so we need another coach to strengthen the team. We have a total of five head coaches now.” he added.

However, Frost stressed that adding more coaches doesn’t mean his job scope has been reduced, he will still be overseeing all the coaches and making sure that training and competition plans are well executed.


Is Misbun on the verge of becoming Chong Wei’s coach again?


After six years of separation, Misbun Sidek is on the verge of sealing a return to Badminton Association of Malaysia to specifically become Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s personal coach.

According to Harian Metro, Misbun’s return is 90% confirmed, though both parties are currently ironing out several details with regards to his contract and job scope

“In essence, there is an agreement. This is about Chong Wei wanting Misbun’s services and at the same time, Misbun has to also lay out his demands and needs,” a source reportedly told Harian Metro.

“Misbun is only going to be focusing on Chong Wei and the other players will be monitored and trained by the other coaches. Chong Wei, on the other hand, has also promised to be fully committed under the tutelage of Misbun.”


This news will undoubtedly come as a major boost for Chong Wei’s hopes of triumphing at the World Championship in August. The legendary Malaysian shuttler was instrumental during Chong Wei’s early years of domination en route to becoming the world number one before multiple disagreements with key BAM individuals led to his departure in 2011.

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#KL2017: Here’s why Chong Wei will be absent from the SEA Games


National badminton player Lee Chong Wei has confirmed that he will not take part in the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur because of other commitments.

The world number one athlete will focus his efforts on the World Championships in August.

According to Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, the tournament in August is priority number one because Lee Chong Wei is yet to win it.

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“I can confirm that Chong Wei will travel to Glasgow because that is our main priority. We need to give others the chance to prove themselves,” he said as quoted by Berita Harian.

“I believe players such as Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin must be given the chance as well.

On top of that, Norza Zakaria believes that the women’s team must be up for the challenge.

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“Thailand women’s shuttler Ratchanok Intanon has decided to travel to Scotland for the upcoming World Championship, so our women’s team must be extremely prepared.

“We will set our targets for the SEA Games within this week,” Norza Zakaria concluded.

The World Championships will take place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland from August 21-27, whereas the SEA Games will take place in Kuala Lumpur from August 19-30.