Kuala Lumpur: The hiring a of Morten Frost seemed to be the right move by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) until another badminton legend, Han Jian of China offered his “other side” thoughts on Frost’s track record.
“He is a well-respected badminton coach and was a well-known badminton player,” said Han Jian.
“Nevertheless, did someone take a look at his coaching record? Morten had taken up coaching for the national teams of South Africa and Malaysia, and his home country Denmark since retiring from the game, but can you tell me how did his players fare?” asked Han Jian.
“Some coaches have the theoretical knowledge but lack the practical know-how to produce top tier players,” added Han Jian.
“What Malaysia really need is a group of coaches with in-depth knowledge of the sport of badminton, including the rules, the skills, the technologies and techniques needed to play the sport,” explained Han Jian.
“Without a proper system, no matter who you hire, it’ll likely to fail,” emphasized Han Jian.
Meanwhile, both former BAM high performance director Datuk James Selvaraj and former BAM national chief coach Yap Kim Hock agreed that the hiring of Frost would improve Malaysian shuttlers’ performances in international tournaments.
“I believe Morten Frost can take Malaysian badminton to a whole new level. He is familiar with the players and coaches in Malaysia,” said Selvaraj.
“Hiring Morten Frost is a good decision, and BAM should give me full power to run the show,” said Kim Hock.