PETALING JAYA: Former Danish badminton ace Morten Frost Hansen has stepped down as the technical director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
BAM president Norza Zakaria confirmed today the resignation of the four-time All England champion, who cited personal reasons as the reason for his resignation.
“Morten has resigned. We have accepted his decision,” Norza was quoted as saying by The Star.
“We take it in an amicable way. We thank him for what he has done and wish him the best.”
The BAM’s five head coaches – Misbun Sidek (men’s singles), Cheah Soon Kit (men’s doubles), Tey Seu Bock (women’s singles) Wong Pei Ty (women’s doubles) and Chin Eei Hui (mixed doubles) will now report directly to the coaching and training committee, The Star reported.
Frost’s contract runs till 2021. He had previously coached the Danish national team and joined BAM in 2015.
In an interview published by New Straits Times in June, Frost had said: “When I first came here, we were ranked number ten in the world and now we are number five. That shows that we have moved up quite a bit and we still have time to move up some more.”
He had also said he hoped to get closer again with three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei after a strained professional relationship.
In February this year, Lee vented his frustration when he learned Frost had told a close associate that his latest injury could be the end of his playing career.
This was following the MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury Lee suffered during training at the Badminton Academy Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara on Feb 4.
The issue between the two badminton icons could have stemmed from a personal clash in 2015. Frost was said to have disallowed coach Tey Seu Bock to accompany Chong Wei to the Japan Open then.