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Rashid Sidek KMN PPN BSD (born 8 July 1968 in Banting, Selangor) is a former Malaysian professional badminton player and coach.

Rashid Sidek
Personal information
Birth nameAbdul Rashid bin Mohd Sidek
Born (1968-07-08) 8 July 1968 (age 51)
Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Years active1986 - 2000
EventMen's singles
BWF profile


Personal lifeEdit

He is the youngest of the famous five Sidek brothers. Rashid and his siblings gained exposure to badminton from their father, Haji Mohd Sidek. Under the guidance of his father, Rashid and the rest of his siblings were trained to be champions. Rashid Sidek is an alumnus of Victoria Institution (batch 1981-1985).[1]


After completing his Sijil Penilaian Menengah (SPM) exam, he was injected into the Project 1988/90 squad with the aim to regain the Thomas Cup. In the 1990 Thomas Cup, Rashid had a strong tournament but Malaysia lost the finals to China 1-4.

He won the Malaysian Open title for three consecutive years in 1990, 1991, and 1992. As a result, he became known by many as “jaguh kampung” (literally, "local hero"). In the Thomas Cup final in 1992, he beat Ardy Wiranata to give Malaysia the first point in a dramatic 3-2 win over rivals Indonesia - the first championship won by Malaysia in 25 years, and the last to this day.[2]

Rashid's performance declined in the next three years, but he bounced back in 1996, when he won the Asia Cup and German Open, then reached the finals of the All England before losing to Paul-Erik Hoyer Larsen from Denmark. His ranking rose to among the top three in the world. He won the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, beating the top seed, Joko Suprianto of Indonesia en route to the semi-finals, where he was beaten by Dong Jiong. However, he beat Indonesia's 1995 world champion, Heryanto Arbi, 5-15, 15-11, 15-6 in the third place playoff.

In 1997, Rashid reached the top of the world ranking again.[3] He began to make room for players like Wong Choong Hann, Yong Hock Kin and Roslin Hashim to rise up, and retired in 2000.


Upon his retirement, Rashid was appointed as national coach by the Badminton Association of Malaysia. He became the instrumental to the success of the new generation badminton players such as Daren Liew and Chong Wei Feng. Apart from that, he was a coach in Nusa Mahsuri, the first professional badminton club in Malaysia from 1996 to 2002[4]. Currently, he acts as the advisor for the club which he has set up with his brother, Jalani.


Titles (5)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1990 Malaysia Open (1)   Foo Kok Keong 18-17, 15-6
1991 Malaysia Open (2)   Foo Kok Keong 15-4, 15-5
1992 Malaysia Open (3)   Thomas Stuer Lauridsen 15-5, 15-7
1995 Brunei Open   Jeffer Rosobin 15-9, 15-3
1996 German Open   Ong Ewe Hock 15-11, 15-2

Runners-up (5)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1990 French Open   Foo Kok Keong 11-15, 13-18
1994 Malaysia Open   Joko Suprianto 3-15, 5-15
1996 Chinese Taipei Open (1)   Dong Jiong 11-15, 4-15
1999 Chinese Taipei Open (2)   Fung Permadi 17-16, 6-15, 7-15
2000 Korea Open   Peter Gade 11-15, 3-15


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Our Badminton Greats". Archived from the original on 27 October 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Biodata Rashid Sidek". Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Lebih 50 pemain berguru dengan anak-anak Sidek". Malaysiakini (in Malay). 25 May 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  6. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  7. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".