KUALA LUMPUR: It is now up to Rashid and Ramdan to carry on the Sidek legacy following Misbun’s decision to decline a new coaching contract offered by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Rashid is the youngest sibling of the Sidek family while Ramdan is Misbun’s son. The others – Jalani, Razif and Rahman – are involved at the grassroots level.
Although saddened to see Misbun leave, Rashid has vowed to continue his coaching journey and help produce more players with the calibre of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.
Rashid is currently the men’s singles chief coach and has Chong Wei, Tan Chun Seang, Liew Daren, Chan Kwong Beng and Chong Wei Feng under him. Chong Wei comes directly under the guidance of Teh Seu Bock while Rashid handles the other four players.
“Misbun and I have not spoken about his future with the national team for some time now although I sensed that he was not going to take up the new offer to train the back-up shuttlers,” said Rashid.
As far as Rashid is concerned, life goes on.
“The Sidek family used to be everywhere in badminton at one stage. Now, I am left alone with the BAM as a coach. I vow to keep the Sidek name alive,” he said.
“There is a slight improvement in the standard of the current elite players although Daren and Chun Seang were sent packing in the early stages of the ongoing India Open. I am confident we can narrow the gap and find new stars.” - theStarOnline