So, Lee Chong Wei is HISTORY. He is 31 years old. Let's move on...
Thailand have just produced a world champion - Ratchanok Intanon. She is just 18 years old.
There are more... Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Busanan Ongbumrungpan, Narissapat Lam, Saralee Thoungthongkam, Duanganong Aroonkesorn, Kunchala Voravichitchaikul... all young girls, in their late teens or early 20's.
And, there is Boonsak Ponsana, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Sudket Prapakamol,.. just to mention a few male players.
There are more to come...
Thailand is slowly becoming a world beater in badminton - just mark my words!!
What have Malaysia produced?
What is Malaysia's problem?
1. BAM - the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
This sports body is NOT running the sports properly.. The officers are NOT professional at all. All they care is about money and overseas tours... Some of them are NOT from the badminton background at all. Sorry to say - being a badminton administer doesn't mean that you know how to coach... There's more to it.
This is the basic downfall of Malaysian badminton.
BAM have the habit of changing coaches..., and sacking coaches too!!!
Look at China. They don't sack Li Yongbo. He is there as chief coach for the last 20 years or so... And, China keep producing world champions on and on... Li Yongbo have all the say and decisions made. Nobody can interfere him... He knows what is good for his country..
Unlike Malaysia - importing coaches and sacking them as early as possible!!! Ask Morten Frost Hansen... Ask Rexy Mainaky.. Ask Park Joo Bong...
Don't forget to ask Misbun Sidek as well....
How are we going to develop if we change coaches all the time??
BAM don't have a good development program.. They just organize a state or national competition - and pick those champions to train and sent for overseas competition. Is that the way to produce world champions?? What a joke...
On the contrary, I think NUSA MAHSURI badminton club is doing a better job in producing world champions.. So does KLRC (Kuala Lumpur Racket Club)...
Players need good coaches. Good coaches will produce good players. Good players will be world beaters. Never separate these two. Let those good coaches train those good players until they become world champions..
JUST LISTEN !! OK??
A bit of advice to BAM:
1. Good coaches doesn't have to be former world champions. Good coaches might be just normal badminton players... Take that as an advice...
2. NEVER separate the link between a coach and an upcoming player. They took years to develop a bond between them. So, don't simply break that bond... Just remember that!!
3. Be professional.. Do not have grudges on some coaches that you don't like. Good sportsmans are not easy to get. Just follow their way... You may never know - he might produce world champions!!!
Take my word for it...!!
Good Luck to Malaysian badminton..
Have a nice day...