Friday, August 08, 2014

Rashid pays the price


NATIONAL men’s singles coach Rashid Sidek’s spat with BA of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff is getting worse.

Yesterday, Rashid found himself excluded from the World Championships in Copenhagen on Aug 25-31.

Rashid, who was indirectly blamed by the president for the poor performances of men’s singles - Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games, said backup coach Hendrawan has been chosen for the world meet.

Rashid, a two-time Commonwealth Games champion (1990, 1994), was also criticised by BAM over the selection of Daren, who had replaced the injured Lee Chong Wei.

Both Wei Feng and Daren crashed out in the quarter-finals, thus ending Malaysia’s dominance in the men’s singles since the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

“I don’t want to argue or harp on this issue, but the president had a management meeting yesterday (Wednesday), and chose Hendrawan to take my place at the World Championships,” said Rashid.
“He (Mahaleel) has also drawn up a plan for the next four years which includes the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I’m not part of it.

“It looks like my services are no longer needed by BAM,” Rashid lamented, when contacted yesterday.
It is understood that the other coaches traveling to Copenhagen are Tey Seu Bock, Rosman Razak, Pang Cheh Chang and Jeremy Gan.

Despite the calls for a peaceful solution by Chong Wei and National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, the issue still look far from resolved.

Zolkples, in fact, does not want the matter to be blown out of proportion which could affect the team’s preparation for the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea next month.

“Just like everyone else, I want this issue to be solved amicably. Tengku (Mahaleel) is a very experienced man, he is not somebody who is new in terms of management.

“For someone who is well versed in the corporate world, I believe he will be wise in settling this issue,” Zolkples said of Mahaleel who had served as the chief executive officer of Proton for eight years.

Zolkples reiterated that he had texted Mahaleel to come up with a plan before their meeting in the coming months.

“Tengku has promised to present a plan for the next four years which will include the Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games.



FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

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