KUALA LUMPUR: Finally, a piece of good news for Malaysian badminton coaches.
A meeting between Denmark’s Morten Frost Hansen and some of the disgruntled Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaches at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold in Kuching next week is expected to cool things a little.
The mood among the coaches has been a little sombre of late, no thanks to changes to their roles and the resignations of a few.
After all, their contracts with BAM, which ended on Dec 31, were extended for only three months.
There were also changes to their roles after BAM met with them on Monday. The changes were meant to be temporary until Frost officially reports for duty in March.
One of the changes saw Rashid Sidek no longer holding the chief coach position.
China’s He Guo Quan and Jeremy Gan were appointed heads of the singles and doubles departments. However, Guo Quan turned it down and Hendrawan is now expected to take over the post.
In the midst of all these changes, four Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coaches – Zhou Kejian, Chong Kien Ling, Poh Chai Boon and Chin Tse Seong – quit as BAM coaches.
BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria said they would make arrangements to meet up with Frost, although the Dane will only start work officially in March.
“He will be here for the Malaysian Open GP Gold as a commentator. We will take advantage of that to meet up with him,” said Norza, who will also attend the council meeting during the tournament.
“There have been some issues with our coaches. Hopefully, Morten can have a headstart by meeting some of them. He can get some feedback from them and know what are the difficulties they are facing.”
Frost is expected to be given full power to run the show as the technical director, which involves selection of coaches and players and charting the future of Malaysian badminton.
Norza said that they would also form a transitional committee to facilitate Frost’s task.
“The committee will gather all information pertaining coaches and players and give it to Morten so that the Dane will not be completely lost when he starts work,” said Norza.