* Coaches to get a better deal under restructuring
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) executive committee under its president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff took a giant step towards putting the game back on track when it accepted technical director Morten Frost’s proposal for a new coaching and training structure.
The Dane. often called “Mr Badminton” also got his wish for a bigger budget which will see the national coaches getting better pay and perks – a plus point that could see the turnaround of Malaysia’s badminton fortunes which have taken a nose dive lately.
Another major decision taken by the executive committee is Frost’s proposal to scrap the chief coaches’ post. The Dane himself has taken it upon himself as the chief coach – which left many with big smiles and happy faces.
This means all the coaches “will have equal responsibilities” and will report to Frost . The coaches have also been handed some leeway in making on the spot decisions, something that was missing previously.
Frost was one happy man with the executive committee’s approval – which will kick start his battle to put Malaysia back on the forefront of world badminton.
The lanky Dane, who is on his second stint with the BAM, added that all the coaches will be given their new contracts next week.
Frost has also identified a new coach to join the BAM’s coaching staff soon as he embarks on a long journey for Malaysia to win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
His next immediate step is to draw up with short and long term targets for the players.and getting the executive committee’s approvals would not have come at a better time to kick start his mission and journey.