Kuala Lumpur: The ongoing feud between World No. 1 men’s singles player Lee Chong Wei and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost may not ending anytime soon as it seems.
Although BAM acting president Tan Sri Al Amin Abdul Majid has reiterated on Monday that the conflict between Lee Chong Wei and Frost had been resolved after both individuals agreed to focus on preparing for important tournaments this year, Lee and Frost’s strained relationships are still a challenging issue in Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
During his speech after the opening ceremony of a telecommunications store in Malaysia, Lee told reporters that he was relieved after he spoke out about his frustration and anger against Morten Frost after he tore a medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a completely preventable injury.
“I’ve expressed my feelings about Frost. I have been keeping things bottled up for a year and a half, it was difficult to work with him. I can finally breathing a sigh of relief now,” said Lee.
“In my 18-year tenure as a BAM shuttler, I’ve been always followed and respected BAM’s decisions. However, I would agree that it’ll be difficult (to reconcile with Frost), because no coach has done that to me,” added Lee.
Lee especially critical of Frost when Frost was reportedly asked Lee’s coach – Hendrawan about Lee retirement schedule after Lee’s injury.
When asked about his 2017 All England chances, Lee expressed his optimism about the tournament but it would eventually depends on timing and degree of recovery for his injury.
“I am happy with my recovery progress, but I have not resume the court training due to the pain. All England is one of my favorite tournaments, I will give it a try if I am able to,” said Lee.
Lee is seeded top at the 2017 All England, and has been drawn into the same half with Rio Olympic champion Chen Long. If he can advance to final, he may set up a possible final clash with two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan.