SELECTION: Professionals to get equal chance for major meets
WISER after last year's fiasco, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) is set to give independent players an equal chance of being selected for next year's World Championships.
The selection period begins with the Malaysia Open grand prix gold in Johor Baru on Wednesday and BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Salleh doesn't want a repeat of the Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen incident.
Lack of clear guidelines deprived Teik Chai-Bin Shen, who qualified on merit for the 2011 World Championships, a chance of competing in London as BAM opted for Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How instead.
Professionals Teik Chai-Bin Shen then pursued the matter with the Olympic Council of Malaysia and a compromise was reached where, it is learnt, BAM compensated the pair by forking their bills for four international tournaments.
"BAM has improved the selection criteria and we want the best to represent the country for any major event. We will select the players for next year's World Championships on merit and every player will be considered," said Nadzmi.
BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai, who is also the coaching and training committee (CTC) chairman, said the selection criteria is likely to be discussed at the next meeting in June.
"The CTC has to sit and decide on the qualification guidelines," said Chin Chai.
The CTC must not take too long in making its recommendations, especially as the Teik Chai-Bin Shen episode left BAM with egg on its face.
In fact, it must come up with a standard selection criteria to avoid controversy in future events.