[size=-1]The Star Online > Sports[/size] Saturday September 11, 2004 [size=+2]BAM want the shuttlers to explain Athens failure[/size] BY S. RAMAGURU KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have finalised their findings after a post-mortem of the Athens Olympic Games debacle. And they agree on one thing â€“ to win at the Olympics, they will have to make it their major aim, with all other tournaments tailored to that end. But before they make public their findings on the post-mortem, the BAM want the players to provide some answers. Until they do, the players will not take part in any competition. The players have 10 days to provide reports on what went wrong in Athens. The BAM will then look at the reports at a special workshop to be held in the second week of October. The nine players â€“ Wong Choong Hann, Lee Chong Wei, Mohamed Roslin Hashim, Choong Tan Fook, Lee Wan Wah, Chan Chong Ming, Chew Choon Eng, Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty â€“ have been put on ice until then. The BAM have accepted responsibility for the team's failure to win any medal in Athens and have apologised for it. BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Mohamed Salleh said that there was no question that the team had failed, especially since Malaysia had sent one of their best teams yet to the Olympics. â€œWe want to know where we went wrong. If the players can throw some light on it, it will be better for our future,â€ Nadzmi added. â€œI want them to be open about their views and give us a report within 10 days. We have already seen the reports from the coaches and discussed this at length with them today,â€ he said after chairing the coaching and training committee meeting. Nadzmi said that once players had sent in their reports, the BAM would hold a workshop and bring in a panel of â€œexpertsâ€ to provide some feedback. â€œThese experts may see something that we may have missed or they may well see a common problem.â€ â€œOne thing that is clear is that our preparations for the Olympic leave much to be desired. We took it as just another tournament. â€œWe did not have a proper long-term plan for the Olympics.â€ The BAM president said priority had to be given to winning the Olympic gold medal. â€œWe need to set the Olympic gold medal as our main target and every other meet along the way should be targeted towards it. If that means leaving out players from certain tournaments â€“ like the Koreans did â“ then so be it,â€ he said.