Yoke Meng: Players can count on Frost to deliver


Vantage point: Newly appointed BAM technical director Morten Frost checking out the national badminton training venue in Juara Stadium in Mount Kiara on Monday. - ART CHEN/ The STAR

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can count on the shuttlers moving up in the world ranking under the leadership of Morten Frost.

Former international Kwan Yoke Meng, who have worked under the Dane 16 years ago, said Frost is a master strategist.

Frost started work as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director on March 2.

“Morten will chart the players’ rise together with the national coaches and lay out a plan for them at international tournaments,” said Yoke Meng, who was one of the guests, who attended a sponsorship signing ceremony between Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and Victor at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Tuesday.

Yoke Meng was in charge of 14 singles players, including Wong Choong Hann, Ong Ewe Hock and Yong Hock Kin when Frost was the national coaching director from 1997-1999.

“World ranking is important if we want our players to make regular appearance in Superseries tournaments and major events like the Olympic Games,” said Yoke Meng.

“We cannot be sending them blindly. Just look at what is happening in some of the tournaments now, we do not even have good representation.”

Yoke Meng added that the world ranking was introduced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) just before the Olympic Games qualification started for the 2000 Games in Sydney.

“Morten was here when the system was introduced. He took time to discuss with us so that we were clear on the plans for the players,” said Yoke Meng.

“I am looking forward to see Malaysian badminton rise up again. Morten has not lost touch with badminton and that is good,” added Yoke Meng, who was a member of the 1992 Thomas Cup winning team. 
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