GLASGOW: National singles chief Rashid Sidek has won the Commonwealth Games singles gold medal twice.
So, for him to see none of his charges winning any medal at the Glasgow Games is truly heartbreaking.
Top seed Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren were expected to shine in the absence of the injured world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.
Instead, Wei Feng and Daren crashed out in the quarter-finals – casting a gloom over Malaysian badminton.
“It is disappointing. It is one of the low points for Malaysia’s singles department. It shows how much we have been – and are – depending on Chong Wei,” said Rashid.
“Chong Wei would have won it if he were here. In his absence, this was the platform for the others to step up, but they failed.
Rashid started Malaysia’s 24-year domination in men’s singles when he won the singles gold at the 1990 Auckland Games before defending it at the Victoria 1994 Games.
Wong Choong Hann continued the good tradition when he won it in front of home fans at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games.
Mohd Hafiz Hashim nicked it at the 2002 Manchester Games before Chong Wei won it twice – in 2006 Melbourne and 2010 New Delhi.
“It is sad to see our domination ended in this fashion. There is a lot of work ahead of us in the singles department,” said Rashid.
Malaysia boycotted the 1986 Games in Edinburgh because of England’s sporting links with apartheid South Africa.