By SS Dhaliwal
There is always a silver lining when things are not looking good.
And that is the best way to describe what the Badminton Association of Malaysia is going through.
While many critics have been questioning the departure of senior players from the parent body. On the sidelines though it’s a totally focused BAM at work.
A few days after being elected as the President of BAM in April 2017, Dato Seri Norza Zakaria had unveiled a vision of having four zonal badminton academies to complement the Malaysian Badminton Academy In Bukit Kiara
And this evening the first of the state based academy, could become a reality.
Norza led a team of officials from BAM and held a briefing cum presentation to Penang Chief Minister YB Chow Kon Yeow and Youth & Sports Exco YB Soon Lip Chee.
“BAM is setting up regional Badminton Academy in Penang to expand its talent pool and strengthen its junior program, said Norza who is also OCM President.
“This is in line with my vision of setting up academies by zones when i took over the President of BAM in April 2017.
“Based on my initial discussion with the CM of Penang last year. , BAM presented a detail proposal to the CM on the establishment of the Academy.
“ We believe the Penang government has already identified a suitable parcel of land for this purpose.”
Norza explained that with regional academies, they will be able to identify more talented players that could slip from their eyes due to the current centralised selection method,
“ We hope to have at least four regional centre , North, South, East and one in East Malaysia,” added Norza.