Thursday, March 19, 2015

BAM’s Morten frosty about having selection trials

Independent singles shuttler Misbun Ramdan Misbun attended a selection trial last year to pick the national team for the Thomas Cup.
Independent singles shuttler Misbun Ramdan Misbun attended a selection trial last year to pick the national team for the Thomas Cup.


KUALA LUMPUR: Morten Frost is not a big fan of selection trials.
The new Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director prefers to choose players for major tournaments based on current form as well as consistent performances, physical condition and results. 

Frost said that a one-off selection trial may not reflect the true quality of the team.
“I do not know about others but, in principle, I don’t believe in selection trials. That’s my personal opinion,” said Frost.

“In the United States, they host one selection trial in athletics to choose the best for the Olympic Games. What if the best runner has blisters or is sick on that day?

“It won’t be fair. The athletes’ whole year of preparation will just go down the drain.
“I’d rather base the selection of players on several principles that will be fair and just.”

Prior to his arrival, BAM had announced that they would hold selection trials to choose the best players for two majors – the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan, China in May; and the SEA Games in Singapore in June.

The trials are slated to be held next month and several independent players have been invited to fight for the right to represent the country.

“I will explore this and come out with the best way to choose the players. We still have time ...,” said Frost. 

“It doesn’t matter whether the player is under the BAM or not, we will choose the best to represent the country. We just need to get the process of selection right.”



 by Rajes Paul - The Star

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