FORMER SRA of Malaysia (SRAM) executive director Kol (Rtd) Wong Ah Jit and national junior doubles coach Yap Kim Hock are the frontrunners for the BA of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director (HPD) job.
Datuk James Selvaraj’s tenure as the HPD ended on Dec 31 and three candidates — Razif Sidek, Ah Jit and Kim Hock — will be interviewed over the next two days and the final decision is expected to be announced during BAM’s executive committee meeting on Jan 13.
BAM officials have re-confirmed that former Olympic silver medallist Cheah Soon Kit and Thomas Cup winner Kwan Yoke Meng are not among the candidates as they did not send in applications.
BAM is looking for an individual who has experience in management with a strong background in sports and has technical knowledge on the game. The candidate is also supposed to be able to have good communication skills and commands the trust of coaches and players.
Ah Jit, currently attached to the National Sports Institute (NSI) as a coordinator of the Road to London programme, has worked with the national shuttlers for the last three years.
He also headed the team that handled the University of Bath training stints in 2010 and last year and also sits as NSI's representative in the BAM coaching and training committee.
Kim Hock has good credentials in coaching and was also a former national chief and senior doubles coach and has successfully produced world boys' doubles junior champions for the last three years.
Feedback from coaches is also likely to be taken into consideration before the new HPD is announced.