NEW PROGRAMME: 12-year plan with RM20m annual budget
THE BA of Malaysia (BAM) will embark on a highly ambitious 12-year strategic plan with a whopping RM20 million budget annually in an attempt to transform Malaysia into a badminton powerhouse again.
The long term programme, which involves three Olympic cycles, was announced by president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh during BAM's annual general meeting (AGM) and council meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Nadzmi is confident the programme will take off as planned despite the huge funding needed.
Nadzmi said BAM has decided to move away from the normal four-year programme which he felt was insufficient to change players into world beaters.
The new programme, to be finalised after the London Olympics, will give BAM sufficient time to unearth new talents and hone their skills.
"The programme will empower the states to play a bigger role in identifying and grooming talents as young as 10 and they have been asked to come up with feedback and suggestions," said Nadzmi.
BAM currently receives annual funding close to RM14 million from various sponsors and Nadzmi was confident more funds can be secured to ensure the long term programme materialises.
"We have to change the way we train our players and our entire approach if we want to be competitive on the world stage.
"The 12-year programme will enable us to find more players in the calibre of Lee Chong Wei and it requires an annual budget of more the RM20 million.
"We have some juniors coming up but we need to produce talents who can progress to world class.
"China and South Korea have grown from strength to strength and they were able to do it with huge funding and I am confident we can do it as well.
"The details of the programme and the mechanism will be finalised after the Olympics, based on feedback from the states and the parties involved."
BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai added that the success of the programme will depend on quality manpower, especially coaches and a manager as well as the effectiveness of the states to identify young talents.
"We need to have quality people running the programme. We need quality coaches and a person to coordinate the programme. The coordinator can be a chief coach, high performance director or a full-time manager," said Chin Chai.
"Since there will be three Olympics cycles, we can even have three different managers but nothing has been finalised at the moment.
"The states will also have a programme where talents will be included in the programme when they are 10 and by 22, they will be turned into world beaters."
Chin Chai said a two-day workshop would be conducted after the London Games where the finer details of the 12-year programme will be deliberated so that it can be launched early next year.