KUALA LUMPUR: It is rare to see the famous badminton siblings – the Sidek brothers of Misbun, Razif, Jalani, Rahman and Razif – gathered together these days.
Each seems to be busy with his own coaching programme.
So, it was a pleasant surprise when the five were reunited at the wedding of Razif’s daughter – Nor Fazlina – in Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, on Friday.
Fazlina, a chiropractor and who is Razif’s third child out of five, married Ahmad Hilmi Mohd Arif, a senior lecturer at the department of molecular medicine in Universiti Malaya.
“It was a wonderful reunion. I cannot remember when was the last time we came together like this ... it’s the best gift for my daughter’s wedding,” said an emotional Razif, 53.
Razif and the 47-year-old Rashid are coaches with Bangsar Hawks BC and Cheras BC in the Resorts World Genting Purple League while Misbun, Jalani and Rahman are coaches with professional club Nusa Mahsuri.
Misbun, 55; Jalani, 52; and Rahman, 50; just completed their badminton tour around the country, conducting coaching clinics in various states and districts.
Misbun, Razif and Rashid had held key positions as coaches in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) set-up at different times in the past.
As players, they had won titles and medals in major tournaments, including in the Thomas Cup Finals, All-England, World Cup, Olympic Games and many big Open tournaments.
“All of us are still involved in badminton. This game is in our blood. We want to keep the Sidek legacy going,” said Razif.
“Some of our children are also involved in the sport ... determined to follow in our footsteps.
“At the gathering, we spoke about badminton’s future. We want Malaysian badminton to rise again. We may be at different clubs, but our mission is the same – to empower youngsters and unearth new talents.”
Razif also spoke about how the brothers have hardly had time to get together since their playing days.
“We drifted apart because of our different commitments, but our relationship has been strong despite our ups and downs,” said Razif.\
“We’ve had differences of opinions ... and we still do, but it’s okay. We may be different but, as brothers, we are united and that’s important.”