Mum’s the word from Chong Wei on 'Special Project Squad'

Feelings are still raw after the recent outbreak of hostilities between Lee Chong Wei (left) and coach Morten Frost — AFP pic
Feelings are still raw after the recent outbreak of hostilities between Lee Chong Wei (left) and coach Morten Frost — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Lee Chong Wei chose to be on “silent mode” on the subject of the “Special Project Squad” set up by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) to assuage tensions sparked by the flare-up between the national No 1 shuttler and technical drector Morten Frost.

“No comment about that (special project),” said a curt Chong Wei yesterday, after a training session.

Feelings are still raw after the outbreak of hostilities a fortnight ago between Chong Wei and Frost whom the latter blames for an injury sustained when Chong Wei slipped and fell on the courts at BAM’s new training centre in Bukit Kiara.

Chong Wei had before the mishap asked Frost to have the court’s mats from the previous training centre in Bukit Jalil switched to Bukit Kiara because the ones at the new centre were slippery.

This however was not done.

Thereafter when Chong Wei slipped during training and sustained a ligament tear which ruled him out of next month’s All-England.

Malaysia’s perennial Olympic silver medallist unleashed a volley of criticism at the Dane whom he accused of other faults besides negligence.

Chong Wei had even threatened to quit BAM.

The national body then scurried to soothe frayed nerves.

They came up with the idea of a special project which entailed entrusting singles coach Hendrawan of Indonesia with the task of managing it.

Others involved in the project are Tey Seu Bock (coach) and five players — Iskandar Zulkarnain, Chong Yee Han, Soong Joo Ven, Soo Teck Zhi and Lim Chi Wing.

Frost will not have anything to do with the project.

Although Chong Wei was mum on the project and Frost unavailable for comment, men’s singles player Iskandar Zulkarnain owned up to rating it as a good idea.

“I hope the new structure will help calm nerves and settle the issue,” he said.

“With the new project, we will cooperate with each other to prove to all that it will benefit the players and improve relationships.”

He added he had complete trust in Hendrawan to lead the special project.

As the technical director, Frost will continue to focus on other shuttlers.

This arrangement is in place until at least the World Championships in Glasgow in August.

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