KORAT, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- The results in badminton at the Korat SEA Games was a justification of sorts that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) must not be overdependent on senior players.
The absence of leading national players Lee Chong Wei (singles), Number One doubles pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong and Wong Mew Choo (women's singles) saw the Malaysian badminton team struggling to find their footing even against the likes of Thailand and Singapore let alone Indonesia.
Malaysia's backup shuttlers could only produce four bronze in Korat, which was the country's worse ever performance in the history of the Games.
Head coach for the SEA Games badminton team Rashid Sidek was about the most disappointed person by the performance of the second stringers.
"I am as disappointed as anyone else but the only consolation is that at least my players were given exposure here.
"They now know where they stand as they are not anywhere close to other top players in the region," said Rashid.