PETALING JAYA: Brotherly love will be put aside as Roslin Hashim looks towards a return to his winning ways again this year.
For the past year, Roslin had been contented to lie low, as younger brother Mohammad Hafiz Hashim hogged the headlines. Hafiz took the men's singles gold in his debut Commonwealth Games outing in Manchester and also played a crucial part in helping Malaysia reach the final of the Thomas Cup Finals in Guangzhou.
With his master Misbun Sidek now in command of the national team, Roslin is looking towards recapturing his past form again and relishes the chance to fight alongside younger brother Hafiz to win glories on the international front.
“Hafiz has done well in tournaments last year and it is good for him. I do not envy his success as I feel that he struck at the right time and right place to emerge as a top player.
“His success has instead given me more reason to work harder and come back stronger. Misbun has now joined BAM and the competition to get selected for major assignments will be tougher. I hope to rise to this challenge,” said the Nusa Mahsuri player.
Roslin said his main goal this year is to win at least one international title.
“It is a realistic goal as I have done it before. The most important aspect now is to build up my staying power when I play.
“Last year, I struggled with the seven points format and could not break past the third round. I aim to get back the 20% that I am currently lacking before I can post myself as one of the title contenders,” said the 27-year-old.
Roslin is expected to face his first major test in the All-England, which will be held in Birmingham from Feb 12-16.
Roslin will have all the reason to impress Misbun in order to earn a place in the squad for the All-England, as it will be one of the tournaments which award ranking points to qualify for the World Championships in May.
Only the top 64 ranked players will get to play in the World Championships, which will also take place in Birmingham.
“My aims are no different from the rest of the national players. I also want to do well in the All-England and World Championships. I also want to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. This will be my last chance to qualify as I am not getting any younger and it is important that I do well in the qualifying period, which starts with the World Championships.”
The former world number one has a reason to look forward to the new season, as he will get to spar with BAM players more often.
“Having more sparring partners is good as it increase the level of competitiveness.”
Roslin, who was last year's National Sportsman of the Year, has started to turn things around. He has been lying low after losing to Hendrawan in the final of the Thomas Cup in May last year. However, he avenged his defeat to the Indonesian in a first round meeting in the Dutch Open in October, which was the first tournament after the Thomas Cup.