Tuesday, April 20, 2010



BAC do not recognise new BAM 'representative
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 10:40:00

PETALING JAYA: It looks like the drama enveloping the BA of Malaysia (BAM) is now the talking point of the region!

Mailsport learnt that BAM’s efforts to upstage their "ousted" honorary secretary P. Ganga Rao
P. Ganga Rao
at the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) annual general meeting (AGM) in New Delhi yesterday backfired.
The AGM was held after the Indian capital hosted the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) which ended over the weekend.

Ganga, who is BAC development chairman, and the Malaysian team manager for the ABC Dr Koay Ban Hing, who is BAM vice-president and Penang BA president, attended the AGM. However, their presence was "challenged" by BAM development manager Chooi Weng Sheng.

Weng Sheng produced Ganga’s supposed termination letter and a letter of authority stating that both Ganga and Ban Hing were not the Malaysian representatives and that he would represent BAM instead.

It is unclear who authorised Weng Sheng to replace the duo in India. Weng Sheng arrived in New Delhi on Saturday but this contradicted Article 10 of the BAC constitution which reads: “In case of the two nominated delegates should be unable to attend a AGM an alternate for such delegate may be nominated by the National Organisation concerned not later than SEVEN days before the date of the meeting.”

On Ganga’s appointment as development chairman, Article 8 states:

“The executive committee shall have powers to appoint members to the various Standing Committees with terms of references as may be deemed necessary”.

In line with their constitution, BAC did not entertain the BAM officials and allowed Ganga and Ban Hing to sit through the meeting.

Sources in India confirmed the incident and affirmed that Ganga’s appointment as development chairman was by the BAC executive council. Weng Sheng and the rest of the national contingent returned home this morning