KUALA LUMPUR: The BA of Malaysia (BAM) dropped a huge bombshell when it announced the resignation of technical director Morten Frost on Monday.
President Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, who is also the Coaching and Training (C&T) committee chairman, made the announcement following their meeting here at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.
According to Norza, the 59-year-old Dane handed in his resignation letter on Sept 11, citing personal reasons.
"It is with a heavy heart that I announce that BAM have accepted the resignation of technical director Morten Frost.
"Our general manager (Michelle Chai) will discuss with him further on the finer details, but as of now, the five head coaches will report directly to the C&T.
"Michelle will also take over the role of working closely with the head coaches in providing a proper support system," said Norza.
The five head coaches are Misbun Sidek (men's singles), Cheah Soon Kit (men's doubles), Tey Seu Bock (women's singles), Wong Pei Tty (women's doubles) and Chin Eei Hui (mixed doubles).
A series of disappointing results (World Championships in Glasgow, Kuala Lumpur Sea Games and the Sudirman Cup in May) is seen as the possible reason behind Frost's decision to leave the national body.
Other matters that were discussed at the meeting include the split of men's doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and the introduction of a new reward system for the players.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, who have not had a good spell this year, will be tested with KL2017 silver medallists Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi at the French Open and the Bitburger Open in Germany next month.