Lofty target set for Frost

Morten Frost has been tasked to take Malaysian badminton to a high level by 2020, to be in the top three nations. -ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: Morten Frost Hansen has been entrusted with the responsibility of making Malaysia one of the top three badminton nations by 2020.

This will be the key performance index (KPI) for the Dane, who will start work as Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director in March.

He will be given a free hand to choose his own team of coaches and players.

BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff has given Frost the mandate to run the show and achieve the goals set by the parent body.

Frost was also given a budget to plan for the players’ tournaments.

“The winning rate of every player has to be 75% and the elite shuttlers must be ranked within the top 10.

By 2020, Malaysia must be in the top three standings.

“We have set the targets for him but he has the freedom to use his own methodologies to reach the goals set by us,” said Tengku Mahaleel after chairing the council meeting on Saturday.

While waiting for Frost to report for duty, BAM have appointed secretary Ng Chin Chai to be the project manager to oversee the national team’s preparations for the SEA Games in Singapore (June), Sudirman Cup in China (May) and players’ qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Chin Chai will also oversee the two head coaches – Rashid Sidek for singles and Jeremy Gan for doubles.

“Chin Chai has spent 30 hours looking into the periodisation plan for the players. He will oversee the coaches and players until Morten arrives. He will then hand over all the updates to Morten,” said Tengku Malaleel.

There’s also good news for the coaches and players regarding their salaries and monthly allowances.

Proposals have been made to review the salaries and players’ monthly allowances. An elite shuttler receives RM3,000 monthly, but that is likely to be increased.

“Since the retirement of men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat and the entrance of the Ng sisters (Ng Hui Lin and Ng Hui Ern), we’ve had to make many changes in partnerships and that created uncertainty among the players. There will be no more changes this year,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

“There was also an issue on the players income. Players who are not winning do not get enough money. We understand and we are looking at reviewing their income.”

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