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BAFFLING REAPPOINTMENT

“I would like to apologise to all Malaysians on behalf of BAM and the players. We have failed to achieve several targets on the international stage over the last three years and I am partly responsible for Malaysia’s failure”. That was not the quote from BAM president Dato’ Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, who chose to step down as the Chairman of the Coaching and Training Committee (CTC) earlier today. The quote was actually from BAM secretary Datuk Ng Chin Chai on May 23, 2013, shortly after Malaysia’s failure to make…

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Eyes on the unseeded

All eyes will be on two unseeded player at the Malaysian Open badminton championships to be held at the Axiata Arena from June 26th-July 1. Defending champion Lin Dan and Japan’s Kento Momota are both unseeded but could well upstage their opponents for the crown. Lin Dan has been drawn in the top with two other former champions – local hero Lee Chong Wei and 2015 champion Chen Long. The trio are in the same half as top seeded Viktor Axelsson of Denmark in the USD700,000 tournament. Chong Wei hoping…

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GETTING TO THE ROOT OF MATCH FIXING

It has been just over a month since the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced that Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang have been suspended from all badminton activities for 15 and 20 years respectively. The two Malaysian’s, according to an independent panel, were found to have breached the BWF Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting, Wagering, and Irregular Match Results. The full report of the panel comprising of James Kitching, Sylvia Schenk and Annabel Pennefather can be read here. The report is comprehensive and also includes whatsapp conversation between…

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BAM: Our financial situation manageable

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have responded to Buletin Sukan’s exclusive story with a press release and have claimed that the association’s financial situation was at manageable level. We are posting below the full press statement from issued though their media manager Falah Abdullah.   BAM’S RESPONSE TO BULETIN SUKAN’S ARTICLE “Exclusive: BAM’s increasing arrears and proposal to sell off former academy land” (published on 1 June 2018) Having received a proposal from an interested party to purchase the Taman Maluri property, the BAM Council have set-up a sub-Committee,…

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EXCLUSIVE: BAM’S INCREASING ARREARS AND PROPOSAL TO SELL OFF FORMER ACADEMY LAND

Saddled with increasing arrears amounting to millions of ringgit and mounting overheads, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) may be looking to sell off their property in Taman Maluri in Kuala Lumpur. The BAM Council had already approved the proposal to sell off the six-acre land that was given to them on lease by the government back in the 1990s. It was here that the BAM set up their first badminton academy with 10 courts in a joint venture with the Garden International School (GIS) and finance company MBf. The…

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