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Malaysia Should Not Expect A World Champion At This Moment

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia should not expect a world champion at this moment and win the Malaysia Open as former world number one, Datuk Lee Chong Wei did not compete in the tournament last week.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director, Morten Frost Hansen said Malaysia was always good in the men’s singles, especially when Chong Wei played in the tournament.

“Last week that was something that we could not fix quickly. There’s no way we can fix that in a short time because it will take at least two to four years to have players who can do well in the international circuit.

“You can’t expect Malaysia to be world number one now. If you look at the starting point, where are we. I would say that the performance in the Malaysian Open was really good for us.

“I feel the overall performance was good,” he told reporters at BAM office in Bukit Kiara, here today.

He said a few players had shown better performances than his expectation but they still needed to improve in the future even though they have good potential.

Frost said he had been informed by the executive committee that the players (Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah) are allowed to leave BAM without any penalties.

“Guidelines will be drawn, hopefully we should be ready within 4-5 weeks before they make a decision to leave the BAM,” he said. – BERNAMA

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