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

Rashid Sidek
Personal information
Nickname(s) Adul
Birth name Abdul Rashid bin Mohd Sidek
Country Malaysia
Born (1968-07-08) 8 July 1968 (age 49)
Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Years active 1986 - 2000
Handedness Right
Event Men's singles
BWF profile

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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]

CareerEdit

Junior yearsEdit

Rashid became the youngest player to win the National Junior Badminton championship in 1980 at the age of 12.[2] His name became well known after winning the National U-18 championship when he beat Kwan Yoke Meng in 1984, at which time he was a form 3 student in Victoria Institution. In 1985, he won the Asian Youth Championship beating Allan Budi Kusuma of Indonesia.[3] After that victory, he continued the run by winning Selangor Open and Sarawak Open defeating several elite players including his brother, Misbun Sidek, and Foo Kok Keong.

Professional yearsEdit

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.[4]

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.[5] He began to make room for players like Wong Choong Hann, Yong Hock Kin and Roslin Hashim to rise up, and retired in 2000.

AchievementsEdit

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

CoachingEdit

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. Currently, he acts as the advisor for the club which he has set up with his brother, Jalani.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Badminton Greats". www.viweb.freehosting.net. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Rashid Sidek". Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Bird, Mynah. "1985 ABC Badminton pt 2". Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  4. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.my. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Biodata Rashid Sidek". nusa-mahsuri.com. Retrieved 25 June 2016.