Below is the summary of the decisions made at the 75th Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Council Meeting on January 9th:
- BAM’S NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
- In a bid to revive the fortunes of the national team, the Association has developed and established a three-pronged strategic plan that covers short-term, mid-term and long-term objectives. It addresses the need for a revamp of our technical structure:
- The short-term objective is the Road to Tokyo (RTT) squad whereby we focus on players that we project to have the best chance of qualifying to the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Our resources will be concentrated in forming the best possible squad out of the current stable of players including the independent players work towards qualifying and then winning a medal in Tokyo.
- The mid-term objective revolves around winning the gold medal at the Paris Olympics 2024 and reaching the final of the Thomas Cup the same year.
- The long-term objective aims to embrace unconventional methods and out-of-the-box thinking to fast-track certain players with potential and instill a culture of excellence, winning mentality and a sense of national pride within the national team in ABM.
- The Coaching & Training (C&T) and Development committees are set to tabulate proper KPI’s for the national coaching teams to ensure that only the best of the best stays in the high performance centre. We do not tolerate mediocrity. We need to have only the best players, coaches and support services at this high performance centre.
- Transition from junior to senior stage needs to be done seamlessly in order to ensure the national badminton centre of excellence has a steady pipeline of players. Every minute detail will need to be measured properly in order to drive to our targeted destination of re-establishing Malaysia as one of the great badminton forces in the world once again.
- PROACTIVITY THROUGHOUT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PERIOD
- BAM continued to remained proactive throughout the lockdown and amidst a period that went without any international tournaments, the Association has kept the senior and junior national teams sharp.
- BAM were among the first national sports associations in the country that re-opened our doors for the resumption of training on June 1st. For the record, BAM has successfully organised a total of 6 internal tournaments in Akademi Badminton Malaysia and Stadium Juara to improve not only the fitness and intensity of the players but also to build the esprit-de-corps among the seniors and juniors.
- FINANCIALLY SOUND ASSOCIATION
- BAM is also pleased to share that based on the latest financial statements, the Association has a surplus in the financial coffers signifying healthy finances. Through a diligent management of the Association, BAM is the least affected sports association in the country throughout the pandemic period.
- QUARANTINE-BASED APPROACH IN ABM
- Following the positive COVID-19 test result of Director of Coaching, Wong Choong Hann last Sunday, the Association continued to take proactive and diligent steps in ensuring a detailed and thorough sanitization process of the facilities in ABM together with scheduled daily cleaning operation.
- Swab tests underwent by a total of 64 athletes, coaches and administration staff stationed in ABM also came back negative.
- Official training sessions of the national senior team begun last Wednesday on a quarantine-based approach for the next two weeks as per the latest directives established by the Ministry of Youth & Sports (KBS) and National Sports Council (MSN) that include:
- Restriction of the athletes’ movement to within the compounds of the ABM and the Stadium Juara only; and
- Separate routes for the athletes and the administration staff in ABM.
The Association maintains the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safety measures in accordance with the recommendations by the National Security Council (MKN) and Ministry of Health (KKM).
The health and well-being of everyone at the national badminton centre of excellence remains our utmost priority.
- SALE OF TAMAN MALURI LAND
- The proposal to sell the Association’s property – premises of a premier international school in Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur to Taylor’s Education Group (current tenants) was endorsed by the AGM.
- ASIAN LEG OF THE BWF WORLD TOUR
- From an administration perspective, BAM firmly believes that the best has been put in to prepare the players mentally, physically and technically to face any circumstances that the Asian Leg of the BWF World Tour in Bangkok, Thailand might offer. BAM is in constant communication with the BWF, Thailand BA (BAT) on the current situation and the strict SOP in place at the tournament ‘bubble’.
- For the record, the Malaysian contingent underwent a total of two swab tests in Thailand since arriving on January 4th. Negative results have been received in both of the COVID-19 screening tests.
- The two tournaments would be the best platforms for the national players to regain their rhythm after more than nine months of not participating in any international tournaments following the COVID-19 pandemic. With the withdrawals of several big names from the tournaments, it is our hope that the young team stays focused at all times and determined to give their all on the badminton court for the pride and dignity of our great country.
- OTHER MATTERS
- Through the recommendations of the Tournament Committee, the format of the National Junior Circuit (NJC) has been amended from division system to a group format.
- A new systematic and standardized - Umpire Card and Toss Coin system for all qualified and registered Technical Officials with BAM has been introduced. This will provide more exposure for the Association in international and national tournaments.