Malaysia's badminton chief coach Rashid Sidek giving instructions to Chong Wei Feng during the 2013 World Championships in Guangzhou. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Rashid Sidek is finding his job as national singles coach untenable.
And the 46-year-old has not ruled out leaving his post earlier than expected if the situation gets “nasty” with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). His contract ends in December this year.
On Tuesday, BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff blamed the men’s singles failure at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on the coaches. And he was obviously referring to Rashid, saying “if a coach does not know how to teach a player, then it’s the coach’s fault, not the player”.
Both Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren were sent packing in the quarter-finals by Indian players as Malaysia’s 24-year domination of the men’s singles event in the Games came to an end.
On Wednesday, the BAM held a management meeting, chaired by Tengku Mahaleel, with the coaching staff. Rashid was absent as he was not informed about the meeting.
At the meeting, he was dropped from the Malaysian team for the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, from Aug 25-31. He was also not included in the plans drawn up by the BAM for the next four years, including the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Hendrawan, a singles coach, has been given the task to lead the team to Copenhagen.
“It’s now obvious that my days are numbered in BAM,” lamented Rashid, who went on leave after returning from Glasgow.
“But I have yet to decide on my next move. If my service is no longer wanted here, I can always seek my ‘rezeki’ (livelihood) elsewhere.
“I will see how things go in the next few months. If I’m still being treated unfairly, I’ll quit. Otherwise, I will see out my contract until December.
“I have no desire to stay on regardless of what happens next,” added Rashid, who will return to work next Monday.
He said it was sad to find himself in the bad books of the BAM.
“Like any other coaches, we just want to perform our duty, to coach the players. I hate to be in such a situation, where your boss keeps finding fault with you.
“I know I won’t be serving BAM for the rest of my life. I’m going to leave some day, but certainly not in such fashion.
“I’m really sad to end my one decade stint with the national team in such a manner.”
Rashid, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bronze medallist, has never worked well with the BAM set-up since Tengku Mahaleel took charge in July last year. He tendered his resignation on Sept 19 last year, citing he was uncomfortable with the structural changes in the BAM coaching set-up. But he returned 10 days later after being persuaded by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.