KUALA LUMPUR – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a rift between national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost has been resolved.
Khairy said he met Chong Wei and the shuttler had explained to him that he was a little tired and needed more time to rest since he had been involved in various competitions after coming back from an eight-month suspension due to a drug offence.
“He had asked Frost for sparring partner and maybe there was a misunderstanding due to that because the sparring partner did not go to Japan, but things have been ironed out.
“He (Chong Wei) assured me that the matter was over since it was not a major problem,” he told reporters after launching the National Sports Days Sale at Mid Valley Megamall Saturday.
“Chong Wei also told me he had no problem communicating with Frost,” he told reporters after launching the National Sports Day Sales at the Mid Valley Megamall, here today.
A local daily had reported that Frost had last Friday admitted that there was difference in opinion with Chong Wei since his request for a sparring partner to prepare for the Japan Open Super Series was not fulfilled.
Frost had later stated that the issue had been resolved after a discussion with Chong Wei.
Chong Wei who returned from an eight-month suspension by the Badminton World Federation for an anti-doping offence had participated in the US Open, Canada Open, SEA Games, World Championships, Japan Open and Korea Open Super Series.
After losing to his arch-rival Lin Dan in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open, the former world number one suffered an unexpected defeat to unknown South Korean Heo Kwang Hee in the Korean Open qualifying round at the HK Handball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
Chong Wei, currently ranked 28th in the world was shown the exit door by the host nation’s rising star who is ranked 125th in the world in straight sets, 19-21, 19-21 in 45 just minutes.