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BAM: Selvaraj Gets Down To Business, Identifies Weaknesses

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 (Bernama) -- The BA of Malaysia's (BAM) High Performance Director, Datuk James Selvaraj, may have started work just three days ago but the former player wasted no time in identifying weaknesses in the training system.

Selvaraj, however, would discuss and listen to explanation of coaches first before taking any further action.

He would not be making any drastic changes overnight but instead take about two to three months to study the current training programme as well as get to know the coaches and players better.

"I will look into the training programme, see how and where we can improve and I'll work with coaches to look at necessary changes," he told reporters after meeting BAM coaches here Friday in the presence of BAM president Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.

He cited Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong's performances during the final of the World Championships in Paris, France last week, adding that much work was needed to rectify their flaws.

"They should have been more relaxed and I observed that they were not speaking to each other during the game. In a 21-point game, they should be able to think fast and to change strategy when necessary and to do that they need to communicate," he said.

Selvaraj said he would also not disrupt the training and preparations for the New Delhi Commonwealth Games from Oct 3-14 and the Guangzhou Asian Games in November.

"I can only start making changes in January," he said.

The former International who is still attached to Bata Marketing Sdn Bhd as its Senior Marketing Manager said he would divide his time between Bata and BAM to carry out the responsibility given to him.

Meanwhile, Mohd Nadzmi said though Selvaraj's appointment incurred resistance from coaches, changes must take place for the betterment of badminton in the country.

"I believe if we focus on the benefit and interest of the association and players, we can sideline personal interest to build world champions," said Mohd Nadzmi.

Source from BERNAMA

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