* Pek Sih and Pei Tty named new coaches for women’s doubles
* We will pull through says Morten Frost
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost was quick to find replacements for Rosman Razak who shocked the badminton fraternity when he, together with singles coach Rashid Sidek, chose not to renew their contracts with the BAM on Monday.
The Dane named former Commonwealth Games champions Lim Pek Siah and Wong Pei Tty as the new coaches for the women’s doubles with each sharing equal responsibility.
And in the same breathe Frost said there will be no additions to the men’s singles coaches after Rashid Sidek also chose not to renew his contract with the BAM and described the new contract as “one sided” and puts a “lot of pressure” when coming to achieve the targets set by the BAM.
“Pek Siah and Pei Tty are former Commonwealth Games champions. Pek Siah has also got international experience when it comes to coaching as she spent a year coaching a club in Japan, I am confident the two will be able to deliver and bring the desired results for the women’s doubles, said Frost, known as “Mr Badminton” in the badminton fraternity.
Frost announced the names of the new coaches at a press conference held at the Putra Stadium on Tuesday – on the first day of the USD500,000 Maybank Malaysia Open Super Series Premier.which got off with the qualifying round.
“Pek Siah has agreed to join the BAM stable and we are very happy to have her back in the BAM stable. Pei Tty, also a former Commonwealth Games champion There is no question of who is the senior coach or who is the junior coach. Both come in as coaches on same level and will work together in their job.”
Frost said there is no hurry to find a replacement for Rashid Sidek.
“There are enough coaches in the men’s singles – Tey Seu Bok, Hendrawan and He Guo Guan. They can handle the present situation although we hope to sign more coaches to join our coaching panel,” said Frost, who was not willing to be drawn into details.
“I did not expect to be caught in such a situation especially after my request for a bigger budget was approved by the BAM. It is only so much you can do with what you have. If they chose not to stay on with BAM we thank them for all the good work they have done in their job.
“I understand they have got better offers from outside (clubs). We wish them luck. Nothing is smooth so we have to move on and look at other ways to build up badminton in Malaysia,” added the Dane who is into his second stint with BAM.