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Top Malaysian Players Leave BAM

It is the end of an era for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as veteran players Wong Choong Hann, Chong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah parted ways with the national governing body at the end of September.

The trio have been with the BAM for more than 10 years as part of its national team, for which the body provided training and funds.

The three players can still continue playing in top international events. However, their detachment from the BAM means they will have to pay their own way or find sponsorship to fund their playing activities.

Wong, Malaysia's second best singles player behind Lee Chong Wei, said he is also interested in being a coach.

"In the meantime, we will also be taking the examination for the coaching certificate from BAM," Wong was quoted as saying in local media.

Wong's plan is to gain coaching knowledge over the next few years before he attempts to become a full-time coach.

He has been playing professionally since 1991, picking up his first major title in 1997 when he won the Dutch Open. He also helped Malaysia reach the final of the Thomas Cup in 2002, when they were beaten by Indonesia.

Chong and Lee are recognised as solid doubles players who have done Malaysia proud. They still have two more years before they retire and hope to continue playing as independent entitites.

Lee has been the most successful of the two, having won gold at the Asian Championships two years in a row in 2006 and 2007.

BAM president Mohd Nadzmi Salleh said he was sad to see the three players leave but he respected their decision.

"Choong Hann, Tan Fook and Wan Wah represent a generation of disciplined badminton players who are of calibre and I believe they will continue to succeed whether as players or coaches although they will no longer play under BAM," he was quoted as saying.

The BAM is currently looking at restructuring its coaching programme with an eye on success at the 2010 Olympics in London.

Malaysia came away with one medal in Beijing, with Lee Chong Wei taking silver in the men's singles.

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