Badminton Association of Malaysia
Persatuan Badminton Malaysia
Formation1964; 60 years ago (1964)
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mohamad Norza Zakaria[1][2]

The Badminton Association of Malaysia or BAM (Malay: Persatuan Badminton Malaysia) is the governing body of badminton in Malaysia. The association was founded in 1964. Nevertheless, the history of Malaysian badminton starts much earlier. Already in 1934 an association was founded by the provinces Perak, Penang, Selangor, Johore and Singapore.

BAM is registered with the sports commissioner's office under the Sports Development Act 1997 of the laws of Malaysia. The association was founded in 1964 and has 15 states as their members.[3]

History of formation



Use of tournament bans on players who resigned from BAM

Badminton Association of Malaysia, as the national association, is the sole authority to register Malaysian players into Badminton World Federation-sanctioned tournaments, of which made up majority of the international badminton tournaments.[4] On several occasions, BAM had refused to register players who have had left their fold.[citation needed]

In 2011, Tan Chun Seang was banned from Asian tournaments for two years after walking out from the national team.[5][6] In 2019, Toh Ee Wei left BAM after a fallout with the association, and was barred from international tournaments as an independent player.[7] Toh had since returned to BAM in 2020.[8]

In September 2021, Goh Jin Wei resigned from the national team, citing health issues and explained that she "could never be able to fulfil the requirements and conditions of the national team".[9] Goh instead signed as an independent player with Kuala Lumpur Racquet Club on 6 January 2022.[10] On 19 January 2022, Lee Zii Jia decided to quit the team as he felt that he couldn't withstand the pressure to be on the national team.[4][11] In response, BAM sanctioned both Lee and Goh by banning both players for participating in any international events for 2 years.[12] BAM deputy president Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos said that the decision was made "to safeguard BAM's integrity as a national institution and custodian of the sport's national interest".[13] The decision has caused anger among national and international fans, denouncing BAM decision.[14] Danish badminton player and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen condemn the sanctions as "crazy" and expressed solidarity with Lee and Goh.[15] The same condemnation also expressed by other international badminton players like Anders Antonsen, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, and Gronya Somerville.[16][17] Supporters of the decision argued that Lee's premature exit from the national team may trigger other players to do same, and potentially losing sponsorship income for BAM.[18] After a meeting between BAM and Lee on 25 January 2022, an agreement was reached with the ban to be lifted with terms yet to be disclosed.[19]



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  2. ^ "Norza's extended stay as BAM president to minimise disruption to Olympics preparation". Ahmad Mukhsein Mukhtar. New Straits Times. 18 December 2023. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
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  4. ^ a b "Badminton: Malaysia's top star Lee Zii Jia banned after quitting national team | The Straits Times". 2022-01-21. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  5. ^ PAUL, RAJES. "Chun Seang gets another two-year ban for walking out on team". The Star. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  6. ^ "Two Malaysians banned for match-fixing". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  7. ^ Peter, Fabian (2020-05-20). "BAM plan to recall troubled Ee Wei | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  8. ^ "Ee Wei's back with BAM, this time as mixed doubles shuttler". The Star. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  9. ^ Liew, Vincent (2022-01-03). "Goh Jin Wei Denies Rumors of Re-Joining BAM, To Continue Career as Independent Player". Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  10. ^ Anil, Nicolas (6 January 2022). "Jin Wei comes out of badminton retirement". Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  11. ^ Anil, Nicolas (19 January 2022). "Malaysia No.1 men's singles shuttler Zii Jia to quit BAM". Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  12. ^ "BAM ban Zii Jia and Jin Wei for two years". The Star. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
  13. ^ Ram, Sadho (2022-01-23). "Goh Asks BAM How Is She Going To Survive Now If She's Not Allowed To Play Internationally". SAYS. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  14. ^ Fong, Durie Rainer (21 January 2022). "'Shame on you BAM!', netizens react over Zii Jia's 2-year ban".
  15. ^ "Exelsen supports Zii Jia's decision to quit BAM". Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  16. ^ Peter, Fabian (2022-01-23). "Danish call for changes | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  17. ^ Liew, Vincent (2022-01-22). "Viktor Axelsen, Anders Antonsen, Koo Kien Keat, and Other Badminton Players Flock to Support Lee Zii Jia & Goh Jin Wei Amid Too Much Power Given to the BWF Associate Members". Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  18. ^ "BAM president gives Lee Zii Jia 'blessing' to turn pro". Yahoo. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  19. ^ "Malaysian badminton star Lee has ban lifted after 'heart-to-heart' meeting". South China Morning Post. 2022-01-25. Retrieved 2022-01-25.