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Malaysian shuttler distraught after being banned

MALAYSIAN badminton chiefs have stripped Tan Ching Seang of his livelihood by imposing a two-year ban on him for quitting the national squad, the player has claimed.

The 23-year-old wants to be able to compete and earn money in smaller international events at home, sanctioned by the Badminton Association of Malaysia.

The BAM imposed a ban earlier this week, however, after Tan ended his seven-year relationship with the national squad citing family problems.

A player cannot compete in international tournaments if they are not endorsed by their national body.

BAM say the move is in order to protect their squads and training program from players defecting to other clubs.

"The BAM have spent a lot of time, money and resources in grooming the players. It is time we review the premature exit of the players," BAM president Nadzmi Mohd Salleh told local media.

"We are giving him (Tan) time to sort out his personal problems. The door will be open to him after two years.

"Our reviews and actions will depend on a case-by-case basis. There can be cases when we will accept (players) decision without imposing any action on them."

In the mid-90s, BAM fined shuttlers who left the national body to join professional club Nusa Mahsuri.

Tan, however, said that he quit the national program as he had tired of the rigorous training schedules but that he still wanted the chance to compete at lower-tier events.

"BAM's decision will affect my livelihood. I have sacrificed seven years with BAM and yet, when I leave, I am not assured of a job," he told Malaysia's Star newspaper.

"I was shocked with BAM's decision. I wanted to compete in smaller tournaments as well as the international meets held in Malaysia.

"I want to just enjoy the game and not go through the regimented training anymore."


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