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Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 9:10:00 PM
Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 9:18:54 PM
by rajes paul
KUALA LUMPUR: National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong gave due credit to former national singles coach Rashid Sidek’s contribution as a coach for the last one decade and admitted that his resignation would be a great loss.
Rashid quit his job on Thursday due to frustration and disappointment with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) management. He felt that due respect was not given to the coaches - especially those with a wealth of experience.
Zolkples was shocked with Rashid’s resignation but hoped it would not disrupt BAM’s new plans to strengthen the coaching and training programme in the national team.
“I have been following all the new changes in BAM under Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel (Tengku Ariff) but I did not expect that these changes would result in Rashid quitting the national team,” said Zolkples in a press conference yesterday at his office in Bukit Jalil.
“For me, Rashid’s absence will be a huge loss. He is one of our best local coaches. Throughout his tenure as a coach, he has exhibited a good working relationship with BAM and NSC. We have had no problems with him or even with the other coaches.
“I hope his resignation will not create a domino effect in the national team. I also hope the others will be patient and give the new management a chance and the time to implement their programmes,” he said.
Zolkples believes that Tengku Mahaleel has good vision for the sport and his team should be given the chance and time to prove themselves.
“I will leave it to BAM to look into this affair. They have new plans and approaches and we should give them the room and space to execute everything. I have seen their plans and they look very comprehensive,” he said.
On a replacement for Rashid, Zolkples said: “I have met Tengku Mahaleel, Kenny (Goh) and Ng Chin Chai at the planning meeting. They have plans to trim down the national team and cut down their budget and I give them a thumbs-up for that.
“Probably, they may not even need a replacement for Rashid. Currently the emphasis is on multi-tasking and perhaps the others can help out. We will be happy if they can minimise the costs.”
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badminton, Rashid Sidek, Badminton Association of Malaysia, BAM, Zolkples Embong, Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, National Sports Council
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