MORTEN FROST SAID TO BE CONSIDERING MALAYSIAN HEAD COACHING POST
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by J. Chang)
December 4, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - In rumours circulating at the Grand
Prix Finals in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Morten Frost of Denmark, one of
the legendary men's singles players in badminton history, is reportedly
considering taking on the Malaysian head coaching position and is said
to be in negotiations with the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
The Malaysian head coaching post has been vacant ever since Rasif
Sidek resigned after the Atlanta Olympics.
Frost was one of the top badminton men's singles players in the past
decade and has won many of the top badminton tournaments. He was the
architect behind Denmark's surge in the past two years, culminating in
a world men's team championships (Thomas Cup) runner-up finish in May
this year and in Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen's Olympic men's singles gold
medal in August.
Frost is said to have resigned his post at the Danish badminton
association, effective January 1, 1997.
However, some badminton observers expressed their opinion that Frost
may elect to stay closer to home and take on the post of British
Olympic badminton manager. The same observers said that the British
were looking for a neutral non-British manager who could impartially
select and direct the British Olympic team candidates from the several
British nations (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) and that
Frost was a prime candidate for that spot.
The same observers were not aware if the British had made their
It would be a turnabout for Frost to take on the Malaysian head coaching
post. In May, he had expressed at a press conference a rather low opinion
of Malaysian prospects in men's singles play. He is also said to be
concerned about the fragmentation in Malaysian badminton with the top
men's singles players having split off from the Badminton Association
of Malaysia and having joined Nusa Mahsuri, a professional group headed
by Jalani Sidek.
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