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Badminton: BAM Wants Misbun To Explain Resignation

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 (Bernama) -- The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) wants Datuk Misbun Sidek to explain his shock resignation as national singles coach.

General manager Kenny Goh said that a meeting will be held soon after BAM president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh returns from abroad.

"It is premature for BAM to comment on the matter. First we want to hear an explanation from Misbun's mouth," he told Bernama here Monday.

Goh hopes that it can be resolved soon to prevent it from affecting the badminton squad which had been listed in the "Road To London 2012" programme.

Misbun sent his resignation letter to BAM via email on Dec 31.

He said in Misbun's absence, Lee Chong Wei will be coached by Tey Seu Bock for the Super Series Masters Finals in Taiwan starting Wednesday.

Chong Wei is defending the title for the third time.

The absence of nemesis Lin Dan will not make it plain sailing for Chong Wei who will be up against Chen Long and Du Pengyu.

Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said that he will meet Nadzmi on his return to get an explanation before meeting Misbun.

He said the ministry wanted to find what caused Misbun's resignation and was not trying to find fault with anyone.

"I want to hear an explanation from both sides as only then we can find a solution to the problem.

"Whatever the decision, it should put national interest first as badminton can contribute medals at 2012 London Olympic Games," he added.

The appointment of Datuk James Selvaraj as BAM high performance director is cited as one of the reasons for Misbun's resignation.

Source from BERNAMA

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