KUALA LUMPUR: Enough is enough.
Long-serving national coach Rashid Sidek has finally severed ties with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) on Monday.
And in another shock move, women’s doubles coach Rosman Razak has also turned down the offer to continue with BAM after a one-on-one meeting with technical director Morten Frost at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.
The 47-year-old Rashid said that he was not happy with the new terms and conditions imposed in the two-year contract.
“I just felt that is was unfair. It was too much to stomach for me as there were too many restrictions,” said Rashid.
“Morten means well and I respect him but I cannot accept the contract prepared by the management. So, I plan to move on.”
Rashid did not reveal his future plans.
Rashid left the BAM in 2013 over the treatment of the coaches but was coaxed back into the fold by the Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
“There have been ups and downs since I became a coach in 2003. It is always a joy to see players winning honours or going the extra mile. I will cherish that,” added Rashid, a bronze medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
The move by women’s doubles coach Rosman came as a surprise.
“I did not sign the contract too but I rather not elaborate on it,” said Rosman.
“I am thankful to Morten for his initiative to establish a good working condition for the coaches but I guess, it is a bit too late for me.
“It is time to venture into something new. I have been with the BAM for 20 years – as a player and as a coach. I will always be grateful to them for all they have done.
“What I will miss most are my players. I am just an ordinary coach but the players trusted me. I will always be proud of them.”
Meanwhile, Frost said he would hold a press conference on the coaches’ decisions during the Malaysian Open qualifying tournament at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
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