Worried Chong Wei raises alarm

BA of Malaysia's singles department is in shambles, and the national body must put their house in order before the country can mount a strong challenge at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In recent months, national shuttlers have failed to impress, even at lower-tier tournaments like the Austria Open and Italian International in Milan.

Former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei sees the lack of communication between players and coaches as the main problem.

"I can't say much because I'm not inside BAM. I don't really know what is going on.

"However, from the outside, I don't see any confidence. Players like Ng Tze Yong and Leong Jun Hao can play, but they don't look confident at all.

"Perhaps the coaches need to look into this. What is wrong? Could it be the training programme? I don't think one programme fits everyone.

"Back when I was playing, it didn't matter if it was Hendrawan, Tey Seu Bock or even Rashid (Sidek) who was coaching, we knew exactly what needed to be done.

"There was good communication, and everybody had their own programme," said Chong Wei yesterday.

He said they can still improve the situation, but BAM singles coaching director Wong Choong Hann must act fast.

"Of course there is still time for BAM to turn things around, but they need to find a solution fast. The coaches and players must communicate and find out what is bothering them.

"If it has something to do with their training programmes, then mix them up. Players, too, need to be comfortable coming out. It has to work both ways," he added.

The three-time Olympic silver medallist believes it is also high time BAM come up with an explanation for their Thomas Cup failure in Bangkok last month.

Malaysia, who last won the coveted trophy in 1992, crashed out in the quarter-finals after losing 3-2 to eventual champions India.

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