Al-Amin and Norza come to agreement on BAM presidency



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PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Al-Amin Abdul Majid and Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria (pic) are keeping the cards close to their chests on who is the next Badminton Association of Malaysia ((BAM) president.

Yesterday, acting president Al-Amin and deputy president Norza met to decide on who takes over from outgoing president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

Tengku Mahaleel, who has been on sick leave for the last two years, had earlier revealed that deputy president Norza should be the president based on the “Gentleman’s Agreement” made two years ago.

When contacted, Norza refused to divulge the decision.

“I had a meeting with Al-Amin today. It all went well. We both came to an understanding regarding the president’s post.

“But we need to meet the (Youth and) Sports Minister (Khairy Jamaluddin) first to inform him of our decision. Once that’s done, we will call for a press conference (to announce the decision),” said Norza.

He, however, did not say when they will meet Khairy.

The BAM’s annual general meeting is scheduled on April 29.

Yesterday, Norza also attended sports equipment company Fleet International’s incentive payout of RM100,000 to Petaling Jaya Badminton Club (PJBC) for winning the 10-team Purple League in February. At the ceremony, Fleet also extended their sponsorship deal with PJBC for another year.

“Although the economy right now isn’t very good, Fleet has been generous with their incentives to PJBC. Hopefully this sets a good example for more corporate companies to be involved in the sport,” said Norza.

PJBC managing director Manoj Kumar also expressed his gratitude after signing the sponsorship extension contract.

“We were the underdogs in the league this season but we managed the impossible. We’re grateful to Fleet for their support and we hope to continue working together with them,” said Manoj.


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