KUALA LUMPUR: Based on their current performance, men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong do not deserve to be part of the elite Podium Programme.
Men’s doubles legend Datuk Seri Jalani Sidek has urged BAM to be strict in imposing a good working culture among players and coaches.
His comments came after V Shem-Wee Kiong, along with national teammates Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, crashed out in the opening round of the Japan Open today.
V Shem-Wee Kiong lost 15-21, 23-21, 21-19 to India’s Manu Attri-B.Sumeeth Reddy while Yew Sin-Ee Yi went down 21-17, 21-18 to Asian Games silver medallists, Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia.
Professional duo, Mohd Arif Latif-Nur Azriyn Ayub were also sent packing in the opening round after a 21-14, 17-21, 21-16 defeat to Indonesia’s Berry Angriawan-Hardianto Hardianto.
Jalani, who won an Olympic bronze (1992) with his older brother Datuk Razif Sidek, took several top national players to task after they had openly hit out at their coach.
Jalani said such action by the players has tarnished the name of BAM.
“For me, losing in the first round of the Japan Open is unacceptable. Yes, they are Malaysia’s best pair (V Shem-Wee Kiong), but their attitude speaks otherwise.
“I have read reports of these players slamming their coach. Where is the respect? And what is BAM doing about it?
“There must be certain guidelines. I was a player before, I also had issues with my partner and we were coached by so many different people, but did we go around being disrespectful? No.
“If players are unhappy with something, go to the right people. If top senior players have got no respect for their coaches, how do you expect your younger teammates to grow? They would follow after their seniors and there will be no end to this.
“I am commenting not because I like creating problems, but as national players you have a responsibility. BAM are spending so much money on these players, providing them with the best facilities, yet some get so big headed. There must be a stop to this.
“And the National Podium Programme is there to help players reach their highest level.
“There must be strict criteria based on actual results. We saw how our team fared at the recent Asian Games, and now losing in the first round of the Japan Open. Do they deserve to be in the Podium Programme? I don’t think so.
“If you want to stay in the programme, then prove yourselves. If you cannot work with your coaches, if you cannot adhere to strict guidelines and want to be your own boss, then leave. Go be a professional, you will still wear the Malaysian flag on your shirt.
“Don’t tarnish BAM’s name,” Jalani lamented.
In the last couple of weeks, BAM have come under pressure, especially after returning empty handed from the Indonesia Asian Games for the first time in 32 years.
There were also allegations of players betting during training, and professional players coming forward, claiming to have not received their prize money from tournaments since January.