BADMINTON: Frost can add bite to faltering Chong Wei
IT has finally dawned on the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) that our world No. 1 badminton player needs more training and less competitions in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
A strategic relaxed schedule to get Datuk Lee Chong Wei to peak for the Olympics is a well thought-of idea rather than competing in the Macau Open.
A recent series of tournaments has been physically and mentally taxing for Lee.
Luckily, he did not sustain any injury.
Lee's preparation has to be physical and mental, with proper rest and recovery.
Selected tournaments, like the Malaysian Open from Jan 10 and 15, will garner more points to retain his world No. 1 ranking.
Lee has a mountain to climb if he wants to win the badminton singles' gold medal.
The masterful Chinese ace, Lin Dan, beat Lee by coming from behind 19-21, 21-12, 21-11 in the Super Series in Shanghai.
Lin Dan captured the China Open by defeating his compatriot Chen Long in the finals.
Lee started off well in the semi-finals against Lin Dan by winning the first set 21-19, but could not keep the fast pace in the second and third sets.
It was back-to-back losses within a week. Lee lost to Lin Dan in the Hong Kong Open a fortnight ago 21-16, 21-14 in the semifinals.
Lee's quest for the gold medal is under threat after losing to China's Chen Long in the Danish and Japan Opens. This cannot be taken lightly.
The early warning signs show that the road to the Olympics is treacherous.
If Lin Dan continues with his recent form and shows a keen interest in the Super Series, Lee's No. 1 position is under threat.
Two defeats at the hands of Chen Long have affected his self-confidence.
He has acknowledged the danger he will face against Lin Dan and Chen Long, Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark and Kenichi Tao of Japan.
A point BAM may need to consider after coach Misbun Sidek's departure is the right form of guidance and advice for Lee from coach Tey Seu Bock.
It would be wise for BAM to consider hiring Danish coach Morten Frost to analyse and provide the much-needed self-belief in Lee's game before the Olympics.
Frost should be employed as the high-performance director.
He has the advantage of previously working in Malaysia and knowing the place, environment, people and the workings of BAM.
After Misbun's departure, Lee's self-belief took a dip, and his lack of killer instinct poses a threat to his game.
Frost was a world champion in his days as a player and he would be an asset to BAM.
Our local coaches lack the extras in sports psychology and building the ruthless mentality that the game demands in Lee.