Over to you, Hendra


  • Badminton
  • Monday, 27 Feb 2017

Different responsibilities: Morten Frost’s job scope as BAM technical director will now be reduced after the Special Squad headed by Hendrawan (inset) takes effect today.

ULU KINTA: Morten Frost will hand over all his duties to Hendrawan as far as the Special Squad is concerned in a special meeting at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara today.

“The Special Squad will have their own planning and separate budgets. I’ll hand over whatever that is needed to be handed over,” said the Badminton Association of Malaysia technical director after the National Cham­pion­ships on Saturday.

“Hendrawan will be in charge of all the paper works, reports, booking of flights and filling up the BWF whereabout forms for doping for the players under his care. My job scope is slightly smaller now,” added Frost.

The BAM formed the Special Squad last week to quell the feud between world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Frost over training matters.

Hendrawan is the chief coach of the Special Squad. Besides Chong Wei, the others in the squad are reigning national champion Lim Chi Wing, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Chong Yee Han.

Frost said there would not be any selection issues for team events like the Sudirman Cup in Australia in May despite having two separate squads.

“Hendrawan can propose the names directly to the coaching and training committee (CNT) headed by Datuk Seri Nozra (Zakaria) for tournaments. If there are any disputes, let the CNT decide,” he said.

“This arrangement will work. It’s simple and not complicated. It all depends on the people administering it. As long as we stay professional, it’ll work just fine.”

On the recently-concluded National Championships, Frost was happy to see heart-warming performances by a few younger players.

“We’ve the talents and I believe Malaysia’s future in badminton is bright,” said Frost.

Chi Wing, 21, did well to defend the men’s singles title. There were first-time champions like M. Thinaah (women’s singles) and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (mixed doubles).

In the women’s doubles, juniors Pearly Tan Koong Lee-Toh Ee Wei showed promise in their quarter-final defeat to third seeds Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen.

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