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KUALA LUMPUR: Rashid Sidek (pic) celebrated his 10-year service as a national coach with the Coach of the Year award, which he won during the National Sports Award (NSC) ceremony recently.
Rashid, who was in Taiwan when the announcement was made, was surprised but thankful. He is now more motivated to fulfil some of his unfinished business in producing talents for the country.
He is the second member of the Sidek family to be honoured with the award.
Misbun, his elder brother, was also recognised for his coaching contribution after guiding Lee Chong Wei to win the country’s first silver medal in the men’s singles event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
“I was surprised to be picked but felt good to be appreciated. First, it was my elder brother. Now, I am honoured with my first award,” said Rashid, the singles bronze medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
He is currently with the Malaysian team at the ongoing Asian Badminton Championships in Taipei.
“I quit as a player and took up coaching in 2003. I am, however, not completely satisfied.
“Work must continue to develop more quality players like Chong Wei. Currently, we have a big pool of players but they are not champions yet,” said Rashid.
Under Rashid as the chief coach, Malaysia did well to defend the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games through Chong Wei. Back-up shuttlers Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng have showed some progress with the former winning the French Open Super Series last year.
Rashid appreciated the collective work in the national team.
“My responsibility has doubled since Misbun left (Misbun quit the team in 2011). As a chief coach, I have to keep the team together, motivate both the coaches and players. I am glad that the environment here has been more positive,” said Rashid.
“This award is not only a recognition for me but also for all the coaches and players as well. Now, it is not about individual efforts any more. Teamwork is crucial and I happy that we have supportive coaches and players.
“I have been sincere in working as a coach and I will continue to do so. We are still lagging in the singles department and this is something we are determined to improve.
“We do not want to experience a vacuum in the men’s singles department when Chong Wei retires one day,” he added.
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