National singles badminton player Liew Daren says it is unfair to blame head coach Rashid Sidek for his and Chong Wei Feng's poor performance at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Commonwealth Games flops Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren have jumped to Rashid Sidek’s defence, stating the coach should not be blamed for their dismal performances in Glasgow.
Wei Feng and Daren were sent packing in the quarter-finals by Indian players and it ended Malaysia’s 20-year dominance in the men’s singles event at the quadrennial Games.
Wei Feng said it was unfair for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to put the blame on Rashid alone.
“We’re responsible for the failure. Rashid should not be blamed,” said Wei Feng.
“For me, Rashid is a great coach. His training programme is good. If it’s not working, we wouldn’t have performed well at the Thomas Cup in May.
“When we finished runners-up in New Delhi, did the coaches, including Rashid, get the credit they deserved?
“In Glasgow, we also won the mixed team gold. Now, he is being criticised as if he contributed nothing towards that achievement.”
Daren said he was saddened that Rashid was made a scapegoat.
“We should shoulder part of the blame, rather than blaming everything solely on the coach. After all, we were the ones who played at the Games,” added Daren.