KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 (Bernama) -- With national singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei expressing his intention to retire, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has admitted it has to strive harder to unearth calibre players for future badminton challenges.
BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said if Chong Wei insisted on hanging up his racket, the younger players, second liners and coaches would have to work harder under BAM's new system.
"Physically, Lee Chong Wei can still play. However, perhaps due to age factor, he cannot stand prolonged training as well as continuous tournaments."
He told reporters this after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between BAM and telecommunications company, XOX Berhad, at the Bukit Kiara Sports Complex, here Monday.
BAM was represented by Tengku Mahaleel and honourary secretary Ng Chin Chai while XOX Berhad was represented by its group managing director Datuk Eddie Chai and managing director Ng Kok Heng.
The event was witnesed by BAM players, among them, Chong Wei, doubles players Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and singles player, Chong Wei Feng.....