KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need to press the panic button.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost was cool, calm and collected as he tried to restore some order following the shock exit of two top coaches – Rashid Sidek and Rosman Razak.
The duo had, on Monday, turned down BAM’s new two-year contract.
Frost said that Rashid would not be coaxed back into the national set-up as he had enough coaches – Tey Seu Bock, He Guo Quan and Hendrawan – to handle the men’s singles department.
The Dane said that his plan to revive Malaysian badminton would go on despite the “minor hiccup”.
“It’s a challenging and changing situation in BAM. We want to wish both the coaches all the best and good luck to them,” said Frost.
“They’ve done a great job over the years and we’re very thankful.
“Rashid and Rosman have decided to take up offers outside the BAM and which pays better. We negotiated with them but were unable to reach an agreement.”
It is learnt that Rashid and Rosman are set to join Cheras BC, who are owned by Raezal Hussein. Cheras BC play in the Kopiko Purple League.
Frost also named former woman doubles player Lim Pek Siah to take charge of the women’s doubles department, replacing Rosman.
“She is actually an experienced coach. She has worked in Japan and has some international exposure. She is very keen and happy to work for the nation. She will partner with Wong Pei Tty,” said Frost.
Pek Siah, who won the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games gold medal with Ang Li Peng, is glad to be back after leaving BAM 13 years ago.
“I treat it as a challenge. I know the current crop of doubles players and I can work with them,” said the 36-year-old Pek Siah.
“I started my own centre PS Lim Sports Arena in Subang five years ago and coached many juniors. Now, I’ll focus on grooming the national players.”
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