FROST AGREES TO COACH MALAYSIA
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)
December 19, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Morten Frost, the former Danish star
badminton player and now a top-rated badminton coach and team manager, has
agreed to coach the Malaysian national squad, according to officials of the
Badminton Association of Malaysia.
Frost, the winner of several prestigious All-England badminton men's singles
titles and the guiding hand behind Denmark's marked improvement in the
Olympic Games and the world team championships this year, has resigned from
his post with the Danish badminton organization effective at the end of this
month and is expected to take up his post in Kuala Lumpur around February.
Frost's salary as the Malaysian coach was not disclosed. This had been a
sticking point in the negotiations between Frost and the Malaysian
association, with Frost asking for an annual salary of 240,000 Malaysian
ringgits (about 100,000 U.S. dollars) and the Malaysians offering less than
half that amount.
Frost and the Malaysians are reported to have settled for a compensation
package of around 180,000 to 200,000 Malaysian ringgits with outside sponsors
paying for the difference between the association's budgeted salary for their
head coach and Frost's total annual compensation.
As Malaysian national team coach, Frost will be faced with a fragmented
national team. All of the top Malaysian men's singles players belong to a
professional group, Nusa Mahsuri, who are often at odds with the Malaysian
association and who have refused to have their members train together with
the players who have remained with the association.
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