Who should replace Nadzmi?
Well isn’t that what those in the badminton scene are talking about?
Let’s not kid each other. Almost everyone, from those who used to be part of the fraternity, observers and those within the stable, are demanding for the removal of BA of Malaysia (BAM) president Nadzmi Salleh.
Perhaps they think they can do a better job. Or perhaps they are not fascinated with the fact that Nadzmi had, throughout his tenure, obtained big bucks for the national body and with badminton having secured two silver medals in two consecutive Olympics (Beijing 2008 & London 2012).
Then again, perhaps Nadzmi was lucky to have a gem like Lee Chong Wei. And the fact is the sponsors are attracted to the sport simply due to Chong Wei’s achievements and impressive track record.
In fact, why should Nazdmi quit? And if he did, who would then best replace him?
Of course many may say the obvious candidates are Nadzmi’s deputies - Al Amin Majid and Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah. Mokhzani Mahathir's name was even brought up. There's also Andrew Kam who has proven his capabilities through KLRC.
Whoever eager to take up the hot seat – beyond the two above mentioned deputies – must realise that;
1. Chong Wei will not be around forever so he or she eager to play president will have little time to bank on Chong Wei’s fame, popularity and capabilities on the court.
2. Chong Wei has set a rather high benchmark, indirectly raising the expectations of the fans.
3. Sponsors may naturally shy away from the sport once Chong Wei leaves the scene. It’s all about return of investment, something the business and marketing savvy folks are able to relate to.
4. After having secured two silver medals back to back, the road to gold in 2016 remains to be seen. Also, what will happen in 2020 and beyond?
5. What has that person (he or she) has done for the sport at the grassroots or the state level?
6. The interested party must have the capability to ensure the state affiliates help promote the sport at their respective level. I was informed a particular state found it difficult to get jerseys for the players for a national level tournament. If true, it’s a reflection of poor governance within the state.
7. Last but not least, a president who loves the sport and not one who loves to be seen with the Prime Minister’s wife who is also BAM patron Rosmah Mansor
I wish those who are eager to take up the job all the best. Let’s take badminton to the next level.
HD says: It’s never easy being at the top.