The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) invited several of the country’s greatest shuttlers including Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Kiat, Tan Boon Heong and Cheah Soon Kit to be part of their Technical Advisory Panel.

Ong Ewe Hock, Roslin Hashim and Jalani Sidek made up half of the 14-member panel that also included BAM President Norza Zakaria, Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Ahmad Faedzal Ramli, Teoh Teng Chor, Ng Chin Chai, Kenny Goh and Dr. Ramlan Abdul Aziz.

This Technical Advisory Panel, serving on a pro-bono basis, will work together to provide input, advice, and guidance with the aim of enhancing player performances for the long-term goal of producing podium finishers at events such as the Olympic Games, multi-sport events and BWF World Tour events.

This was the latest move by the national body to try and elevate the performance of the national shuttlers.

In November last year, the BAM announced they would hand the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM), headed by Chief Executive Officer Michelle Chai () and high-performance director Dr. Tim Jones, the task of focusing on the shuttlers’ performance and strategising a sustainable commercialization plan.

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The Malaysian shuttlers in general did not fare well this year, after returning from four tournaments held so far empty-handed.

Only men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik fared better by reaching the India Open final.

The Malaysian contingent will be eager to get some much needed success at the upcoming Asia Team Mixed Championships taking place in Dubai from February 14-19.

A strong team was named for the regional affair including Lee Zii Jia, Chia-Soh, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah.