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BAM, Players Must Stop Blaming Journalists For Their Failure - SAM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) -- The Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) on Friday lashed out at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for taking the easy way out by pointing their fingers at journalists among reasons for their Thomas Cup failure.

SAM president Ahmad Khawari Isa said instead of taking the easy way out by pointing fingers at others, BAM must analyse the actual reasons for the failure of the Thomas and Uber Cup teams.

"Based on our observation throughout the preparation period and during the tournament proper, journalists and the local media played a major role in writing positive and inspiring articles and remained 'friends' of the players and BAM," said Khawari in a statement here Friday.

SAM's reaction came about following BAM president Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Salleh's claim that players had cited the presence of journalists as one of the reasons for their failure as they had claimed that their presence and reports in the news had disrupted their preparations.

The Thomas Cup team had lost 0-3 to China in the semifinals while the Uber Cup team lost 0-3 to Indonesia in the quarterfinals.

Nadzmi who met the players Thursday during a post-mortem to find out reasons for their poor showing in the Thomas and Uber Cup finals, said the players had also suggested that meetings with journalists were limited to once a week.

Khawari said meeting players after training sessions has been a practice among journalists for decades and was nothing new, neither had players claimed that such meetings had disrupted national players.

"With players having achieved status as professionals and given so much attention by the government, they must be more responsible in shouldering such responsibilities rather than regarding the media as a 'nuisance'," he said.

It is sad to observe that current national players have such amateurish behaviour and mentality, compared with players of the past, who had always welcomed the media during their practice sessions, he said.

SAM hopes BAM would handle the situation rationally instead of making hasty accusations that can tarnish the good relationship that had existed all these years, he said.

Source from BERNAMA

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