Danish badminton legend Morten Frost will train budding talent at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru for 90 days in a year. The arrangement has been made by the academy in association with the Olympic Gold Quest.
The non-profit sports promotion organisation OGQ and the academy will privately fund the Frost fee as a consultant coach for junior players. Likely to arrive Bengaluru later this week, Frost is also expected to attend the ongoing BAI Senior National Championships in Guwahati. He will be coaching the junior talent at the academy.
“We have been looking at getting a top foreign coach to guide the young players at PPBA. I feel that Morten’s presence will be a huge boost to many talented young players here at the academy. Besides coaching the players, Morten will also help implement a robust coaches development plan,” Prakash Padukone has said in a statement.
“Morten has tremendous experience as a player, coach and technical director. He has seen badminton over the years when we were playing and he is also very much in touch with the latest developments in world badminton. His experience, insight and technical knowhow will be invaluable for us,” he added.
Morten Frost expressed excitement at the prospect of this association. “I am very excited to come to the PPBA, a very successful academy started by my friend Prakash. India is doing so well in Badminton in the last decade with players like Saina, Sindhu and Srikanth excelling. I am delighted to get an opportunity to contribute to the next generation of young badminton talent in India,” he was quoted as saying.
Viren Rasquinha, director and CEO of OGQ, said, “We are thrilled to have a legend like Morten Frost coach the young badminton players at the PPBA where many talented young badminton players, including Lakshya Sen, currently train.
“Frost will be here in India at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence for a total of 90 days spread over four trips. He will also be watching the Senior National Championship in Guwahati so that he can see the best badminton talent in the country in action,” added Rasquinha, a former hockey international.