Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Khairy Leaves It To BAM To Sort Out Dispute Involving Coach

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is leaving it to the leadership of the Badminton of Malaysia (BAM) to sort out its dispute involving national badminton chief coach Rashid Sidek.

He said he had heard from BAM that Rashid had expressed dissatisfaction that coaches welfare was being neglected.

"I discussed this matter with BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria this morning and asked BAM to resolve it wisely," he told reporters after a "buka puasa" function held by his ministry for the media here today.

He also expressed concern that the future of badminton might be affected because of this but felt it was best the issue was resolved by the BAM itself.

Khairy also said that although Malaysia's badminton superstar Datuk Lee Chong Wei will not be competing in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Glasgow, Scotland later this month, his ministry was still placing high hopes that the national badminton squad would meet their two gold target for the Games.

Meanwhile. commenting on the overall target for the national contingent at the CWG, Khairy said he would leave it to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to make the announcement.

He said he had received OCM's proposed target and felt it was realistic.

"It is normal practice that the minister himself announces the target for major meets but this time around we are giving the privilege to OCM as the sports governing body in the country.

On the choice of national women's track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa to replace Chong Wei as the flag bearer at the CWG, Khairy said it was an apt decision by OCM.

Chong Wei, the world number one men's singles shuttler, is unable to make it to the CWG because he suffered a last-minute thigh injury.

On other developments, Khairy said the Sports Advisory Panel would meet on Aug 10 to discuss the issue of alleged misuse of allocations for the national track cycling squad by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation.


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