KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Rashid Sidek wants to have a team-building camp to prepare the national shuttlers for this year’s three major team events.
The three team events are the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25, Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 21-Aug 4 and Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 28-Oct 5.
At the Commonwealth Games, there are medals for the mixed team event while the men and women will contest in their respective team events in the Asiad.
Rashid said he had made a proposal to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) management.
“If all goes well, the camp should take off next month. This is a year full of team events and we want to get a head start. Once we get the green light, we will decide on the venue,” added Rashid.
Rashid said team unity would be the key factor to Malaysia’s success.
“On paper, we may not be strong as a team. But through team unity, anything is possible. We must instil togetherness not only among the players but also among the coaches,” added Rashid.
For the record, Malaysia last won the Thomas Cup in 1992 at Stadium Negara. In the Commonwealth Games, Malaysia last won a mixed team title at the 2010 edition in New Delhi.
Malaysia have never won a men or women’s team title in the Asian Games.