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The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is having a busy one week beginning from today as there are three events that have been arranged. After almost three years, BAM once again organized the state coaches’ workshop which began today at the Juara Stadium with an objective to equip state coaches in terms of coaching and administration. Concurrently, the selection trial for state and BAM players were also held to form the 2016 back-up and senior squad.

The coaches’ workshop was officiated by BAM’s Deputy President, Ybhg. Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria this afternoon. Among the others who were present were BAM’s Honarary Secretary, Ng Chin Chai and chairman of Development Committee, David Wee.

During his speech, Datuk Seri stressed on state coaches’ role being the engine to generate world class players from the state level who will then be roped into the Bukit Jalil Sports School and the senior team. Without the foundation, BAM will also face difficulties in getting quality players. He later expressed his concern regarding young foreign players who have already stamped their mark in the international arena while we are still depending on the seniors.

“Players like Nozomi Okuhara, Kento Momota, and Viktor Axelsen are only 21 years old or below but they have proved to be one of the best players in the world especially in the recent competition, the Dubai World Superseries Finals. Malaysia needs to produce such players at this young age as well.

We should not also be depending on our past glory and giving excuses that other countries have improved knowing the fact that Malaysia is renowned for its achievements in badminton. By right, we should be on top of our game. I feel that the transformation has to happen in the state level in a systematic way and it should also be results orientated. As I have emphasized before, we do not want players who could only manage to qualify for big competitions but players who can bring back a medal for Malaysia. Therefore, coaches should be ready to embrace the challenge of producing world class players from the grassroots level itself,” added Datuk Seri.

A total of 27 coaches representing their respective states were present and the programs arranged were such as Anti-Doping by Adamas and coaching sessions by Morten Frost himself. Datuk Seri was also open to the opinions given by the state coaches to make sure they understand that BAM can be more successful with the help of the state associations as well.