Disgruntled coach Soon Kit may leave BAM By RAJES PAUL KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s doubles coach Cheah Soon Kit could join men’s singles coach Li Mao in leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). Soon Kit said he felt demoralised because his contract, as well as that of the other coaches, had not been renewed since it expired on Dec 31. Last week, Chinese coach Li Mao, whose contract also expired on Dec 31, signed up with the Korean BA, leaving the men’s singles squad, led by national No 1 Lee Chong Wei, in a lurch. One of the major tournaments coming up for the top national players is the World Championships, which Malaysia will host from Aug 13-19. Soon Kit said that he was surprised that there had been no meeting among the coaches since the Asian Games in Doha last December. “Discussions and negotiations should take place when contracts come to an end. When I approached the BAM last year, I was told to wait,” said Soon Kit. He added that after he had approached them again, the BAM sent a memo asking the coaches to hang on because they were waiting for the National Sports Council (NSC) to announce their new programme for the Beijing Olympics next year. “I am confused. Am I working for the BAM or the NSC? None of the BAM officials approached me to explain. There are uncertainties,” he said. “In fact, I have not been called for any coaches’ meeting. And we have only six months more to prepare for the World Championships.” He added that he was beginning to lose the drive to train the players at the national training centre and might consider leaving the BAM fold, though that would be his last option. “I used to get up early and all fired up to train the girls. But now ...” said Soon Kit. Since joining the BAM, he has helped the women achieve good results in the SEA Games and Commonwealth Games. In fact, Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty are the first Malaysian pair to reach the top five in the world. “Being a professional coach is one thing but all this uncertainties do not help,” said Soon Kit. Yesterday, BAM general manager Kenny Goh was at the National Gymnasium in Bukit Jalil to have a chat with Soon Kit over his grouses. Really bad for Malaysia if this trully happen.Who should be blame????