* Time for re-building and beginning of a long and challenging journey – Tengku Mahaleel

* BAM also have a similar MoU with Korea BA

Players come and go but the show must go and it is time for re-building, says Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) supremo Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

While praising BAM’s technical director Morten Frost for his restructuring plan and re-building Malaysian badminton, Tengku Mahaleel punctuated: “the work has begun but the results will be seen in two or three years.”

At the same time Tengku Mahaleel said BAM is proud that their coaches and players are in demand by other clubs. Tengku Mahaleel was responding to questions on coaches Rashid Sidek and Rosman Razak who have left the BAM stable while several players have quit the national team, including doubles players Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How.

Tengku Mahaleel was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BAM and All Indonesia Badmintoin Association (PBSI) to develop badminton at junior level and sports science.

The signing ceremony took place at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday and Tengku Mahaleel signed for BAM while PBSI was represented by its general-secretary Aanton Aditya Subowo. Also present were BAM general manager Kenny Goh and PBSI International Relations Officer Bambang Roedyanto.

BAM also have a similar MoU with South Korea which was signed last year. So do PBSI and according to Bambang plans are afoot to have a similar MoU with Thailand and Singapore soon.

“We are a friendly nation keen to develop the sport in the region,” said Bambang,

“This is the beginning of long and challenging journey to look into badminton for future generation. We have to create badminton for future generation. Badminton is in the heart and mind of all of us.”

Under the MoU, both BAM and PBSI will explore the possibility to collaborate on the sport science aspect of badminton at all level: shall explore the possibility of creating new domestic and international leagues and sharing the expertise of organising such event.

Under the MoU, BAM and PBSI shall have joint training at all levels namely the National Team, Back-Up team and Junior Team (Under-19, Under-17 and Under -15).

The host of the programme shall cover the accommodation, meals, transportation and training facilities. The air fare shall be borne by visiting association.


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