KUALA LUMPUR: National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek will be on a double mission at the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which begins today in New Delhi.
He will have to take over Hendrawan’s duties, including charting the strategies of the singles players, headed by Mohd Hafiz Hashim, after the Indonesian coach was prevented from making the trip to India because of visa problems.
And Rashid will also be busy collecting data on the Thomas Cup rival teams.
For a start, his main target is Japan, who are in Group B with Malaysia and Nigeria in the Finals, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.
He will also be keeping an eye on China, South Korea and Indonesia, who are using the ABC to finalise their respective teams.