KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk James Selvaraj and Yap Kim Hock want new Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost Hansen to be given full power to be effective.
Han Jian, however, questions the Dane’s appointment.
James, the BAM high performance director from 2010-2012, and Kim Hock, the national chief coach from 2004-2008, welcomed Frost’s appointment, saying it would set Malaysian badminton on the right direction.
This will be Frost’s second stint with BAM, having been the national coaching director from 1997-2000.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on Monday that the National Sports Council (NSC) had engaged Frost, who would be seconded to BAM. The Dane will start work next March.
“I’ve been harping on the importance of having a technical director or a coaching director since I left and I’m glad that someone had the guts to finally hire one,” said James on Wednesday.
“Morten has the credentials to do the job and take Malaysian badminton to greater heights. He knows the technicalities of the game. He was a player before and has had several coaching stints.
“He will have a better understanding of the players and coaches and will be able to communicate well with them.
“I only hope that all parties and authorities will give him their full support to do his job. I wish him well.”
Kim Hock too is happy that the relevant parties acted quickly to appoint a technical director.
“Our results at the recent Asian Games weren’t that great. I’m glad that we have acted quickly to get one supremo to review and re-look the planning and to chart a new direction for Malaysian badminton,” said Kim Hock.
“I’m happy with Morten’s appointment. But, in order for him to be more effective, I hope he will be given full power to plan and execute all the programmes. He is the technical man and he knows best.”
Han Jian, however, has his reservations.
“It’s a good decision ... he knows everyone and everyone knows him,” said Han Jian.
“However, this is Morten’s second stint with Malaysia. Did anyone do any research on how he had performed before? He has coached in Denmark and South Africa as well ... how did his players do?
“Some people may be good in theory, but not the practical part of it.
“Malaysia have had many coaches from many countries (South Korea, Denmark, China, Indonesia) but we won’t go anywhere if we do not get the system right.
“We need a pool of coaches with overall knowledge of the game – both in theory and practical – are committed and have the right working attitude to produce players of calibre.”