PETALING JAYA: Rashid Sidek is still the national singles coach as far as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is concerned.
Rashid, a bronze medallist in the 1996 Olympics and singles coach for the past 10 years, has had a public falling out with BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff since the national team returned from the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Although Malaysia exceeded expectations by winning three golds, Rashid bore the brunt of BAM’s ire as both his charges – Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng – failed to win the singles gold.
BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria said on Saturday that “there are no plans to replace Rashid as national coach”.
“As far as I’m concerned, Rashid is still the national coach. He will report back to work on Monday.
“I believe the issue involving Rashid and BAM has been blown out of proportion. Rashid was away on leave when BAM had the coaching meeting earlier this week.”
Norza added that Rashid should not be entirely blamed for the singles players’ failure in Glasgow.
“It is not right to blame one individual. It’s a collection of mistakes. There is a flaw in our system.
“At the Commonwealth Games, it’s not just Wei Feng and Daren who didn’t do well. Even Tee Jing Yi didn’t win a medal, so there’s definitely a problem in the singles department. It is something we have to look into,” said Norza.
Rashid, whose contract expires in December this year, will not be in the team for the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, from Aug 25-31. The BAM have picked five coaches – Tey Seu Bock, Hendrawan, Pang Cheh Chang, Jeremy Gan and Rosman Razak – for the assignment.
And it is learnt that the five were picked before the Commonwealths.