WORLD BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPSWEMBLEY (AUG 8-14)
DENMARK legend Morten Frost Hansen is willing to return to Malaysia as the coaching and training director if his services are required by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
“It will be fun to come back,” said Frost, who has been providing live commentary of the badminton action in Wembley since day one of the World Badminton Championships.
Four-time All-England champion Frost was Malaysia’s coaching and training director for 3½ years since 1997. Under his tenure, the coaching and training programmes were carried out in a more organised and systematic way.
“I had 16 coaches under my care and some of the players who were there then included Wong Choong Hann, James Chua and Lee Tsuen Seng,” said Frost.
“On the first day I arrived (in 1997), I was given the task to select national players over a three-day trial. I did not know have any clue or information on the players’ background but we managed.
“The job of a director is about planning and strategising but I ended up coaching the players too. It should have been strictly on planning and ensuring having the right coaches to execute the job of producing good players.”
Frost is now in charge of the Denmark’s Under-19 team who are based in Aarhus.
There could be a vacancy for the “hot seat” as the BAM are looking for a full-time high performance director.
BAM had hired Datuk James Selvaraj on a part-time basis because of his work committment as Bata Malaysia’s senior manager.
If James is unable to take up the job full-time, the BAM will decide on a new face during their council meeting on Aug 20.