Razif Sidek KMN AMN BSD (born 29 May 1962 in Banting, Selangor) is a former badminton player from Malaysia and coach.

Razif Sidek
Personal information
Nickname(s)Ajib
Birth nameMohamad Razif bin Mohd Sidek
CountryMalaysia
Born (1962-05-29) 29 May 1962 (age 57)
Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
Years active1980-1994
HandednessRight
EventMen's doubles
BWF profile

Personal lifeEdit

He is the second eldest of the famous five Sidek brothers. Razif and his siblings gained exposure about badminton sport from their father, Haji Mohd Sidek. Under the guidance of his father, Razif and the rest of his siblings were trained to be champions. Razif Sidek is the alumnus of Victoria Institution (batch 1975-1979).[1]

He married former model, Khalidah Khalid and blessed with five children.[2] His youngest children, Mohd Fazriq are also active in badminton.[3] He became a grandfather in December 2018.[4]

CareerEdit

His regular partner is his younger brother, Jalani. Razif won a gold medal for Malaysia at the 1982 Commonwealth Games doubles with Ong Beng Teong.[5] They made the nation sit up and take notice when they won the All England Championships in 1982 after beating the Scottish pair, Billy Gilliland and Dan Travers.

The Sidek brothers won almost every title on offer during their playing career, including the World Grand Prix, World Cup, SEA Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships. They introduced the infamous “S” Service, which caused a deceptively erratic shuttle movement, which confounded their opponents and officials alike. The service caused much uproar and was eventually banned by the International Badminton Federation (IBF).[6]

He was also a member of the Malaysian squad that won the Thomas Cup for the first time in 25 years, in a 3-2 victory over Indonesia at the National Stadium in 1992.[7] He created history by becoming the first Malaysian athlete to win an Olympic Games medal in Barcelona 1992.[8] They won a bronze medal for Malaysia after reaching the semi-finals in the men's doubles category where they lost to the Korean pair, Park Joo-bong and Kim Moon-Soo.[9]

During his career with Jalani, they become one of the best four doubles pair in the world (Park Joo-bong/Kim Moon-soo, Rudy Gunawan/Eddy Hartono and Tian Bingyi/Li Yongbo) from the 1980s until the early 1990s.

CoachingEdit

After he retired, he served as Malaysian national head coach from 1994 until 1996.[10] Razif guided Cheah Soon Kit-Yap Kim Hock to Malaysia’s first-ever Olympic silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

AchievementsEdit

SinglesEdit

DoublesEdit

with Jalani Sidek

with Leong Chai Lean

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Badminton Greats". www.viweb.freehosting.net. Archived from the original on 27 October 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  2. ^ http://ww1.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2009&dt=0610&sec=Keluarga&pg=ke_02.htm
  3. ^ "Fazriq Razif bakal ikut jejak bapa". mStar Online. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Grandad Razif eager to see more youngsters step up". The Star Online. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  5. ^ GROOM, GRAHAM (17 October 2017). THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES. Lulu.com. ISBN 9780244940317.
  6. ^ Khys (29 November 2010). "Arkib Negara X: Servis Sidek diharamkan (1982)". Arkib Negara X. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Master strokes in 1992 - Community | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Badminton – the Olympic Journey | BWF Olympics". olympics.bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Other Sports: Razif awaits Malaysia's first gold as he grooms son Fazriq | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  10. ^ Wai, Tan Ming (22 October 2019). "Razif hasn't lost his touch and is ready to serve BAM again". The Star Online. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  12. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  13. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".

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