Chong Wei to return to BAM?

By Nicolas Anil 11 September 2019 254
Chong Wei to return to BAM?

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) could turn to former star Lee Chong Wei and give him a role that will allow him to help national singles shuttlers.

"I am encouraged by Chong Wei's statement this morning. He still has a role to play in BAM and I need to have that conversation with him to see what role he can play.

"His input and contribution will surely be much valued to us," said BAM coaching and training committee chairman Kenny Goh on Wednesday.

The former world number one, who announced an emotional retirement in June to focus on his recovery from early stage nose cancer, had in a statement on Tuesday expressed his desire to help current national singles number one Lee Zii Jia.

The BAM also said they will release underperforming senior players by the end of the year if their performances are not up to mark.

"We want to have a review every six months and judge our shuttlers accordingly.

"We cannot get overexcited when they do well in one tournament and judge when they underperform in the next one," added Goh.

The national contingent have not done well this year, both on BWF World Tour circuits as well as team events and the World Championships.

Perhaps also wanting to play on the safe side, the BAM set a gold medal target at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

"The whole team has to believe that we can achieve this. It will not come in a day, we have to work hand in hand," said BAM coaching director Wong Choong Hann.

The only respite of late was that Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, who came within a point of clinching gold at the 2016 Olympics, won the Chinese Taipei Open men’s doubles last week. 

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