• Malaysia plays down Commonwealth Games expectations

    National Sports Council (NSC) of Malaysia only expects Malaysia to win two gold medals in badminton events at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

    However, Rashid Sidek, the national singles coach holds a different opinion that he thinks Malaysia shuttlers could win more.Tee Jing Yi's success in winning all her three matches in Uber Cup last month, especially in straight sets, augers well for the country and the player herself.

    Tee Jing Yi's success in winning all her three matches in Uber Cup last month, especially in straight sets, augers well for the country and the player herself.

    “I think we can win more than two gold medals, we are hoping to win at least four golds like we did over each of the past two Commonwealth games.”

  • Day 1 of Thomas-Uber Cup training camp helped lift shuttlers' spirits

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's shuttlers were dripping with sweat, training hard and enjoying the atmosphere at the first day of Thomas-Uber Cup Finals training camp.

    Lee Chong Wei was reported to have a little discomfort on his left leg but his coach, Rashid Sidek played down that incident as minor problem.  Two years ago,  Lee Chong Wei suffered from an early injury at his ankle during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark at Wuhan, China

    Two years ago, Lee Chong Wei suffered from an early injury at his ankle during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark at Wuhan, China


    “Chong Wei told us about it and after a diagnosis, it's no really worrisome” said Rashid, who is also the Thomas-Uber Cup project lead. Of course, everyone knows the importance of Chong Wei for the Thomas Cup team. He is the only player in the roster that can guaranteed a victory.
  • Badminton still belongs to Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

    The rivalry between between world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan has been called the greatest rivalry in badminton history. But almost simultaneously another Chinese shuttler — Chen Long has been inching closer to creating the same kind of contest with these 2 players. The greatest rivalry in badminton - Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

    The greatest rivalry in badminton - Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

  • Rashid Sidek is trying to strengthen the Thomas, Uber Cups squad (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: On March 20, after Datuk Misbun Sidek turned down the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM)'s offer to become the badminton supremo, they've decided that they started looking for a chief coach for both the singles and doubles departments.Rashid Sidek

    BAM has appointed Rashid Sidek as the singles chief coach, and as an interim coach for the doubles department for the time being. Meanwhile, Tan Kim Her’s contract has been extended to oversee the men’s doubles back-up shuttlers.

  • Favourites cruise into Korean Open quarters (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: No new stars stole the show in the Korean Open on a day when two tournament favourites, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long of China, made it to the men’s singles quarter-finals in contrasting fashions.

    Top seed and defending champion Chong Wei stayed hot in a cold Seoul by disposing of Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-14, 21-18 in the second round but second seed Chen Long dropped a game before making it through.

    All England champion Chen Long overcame a sluggish start to beat Takuma Euda of Japan 19-21, 21-9, 21-14.

    Today, Chong Wei will face a usual suspect – Du Pengyu of China, while Chen Long has set up a match against Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam.

    National singles coach Rashid Sidek said that the season opener has given a sneak preview of what to expect in the men’s singles competition - probably for the rest of the season.

  • There’s no 'I' in team for badminton squad

    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.

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