MALAYSIA: RASHID TAKEN OFF NATIONAL TEAM
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May 3, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Rashid Sidek, the 1996 Olympic Games badminton
men's singles bronze medalist from Malaysia, has been taken off the roster of
the Malaysian national team that is going to vie for medal honors at the
world badminton championships in Glasgow starting on May 19.
Sidek, Malaysia's best men's singles player, was removed from the team by the
Badminton Association of Malaysia for not reporting to the team's practice
Sidek plays for the professional badminton organization Nusa Mahsuri who are
often at odds with the badminton association. In this instance, Nusa Mahsuri
had initially said that Rashid was still recuperating from injury. They also
indicated that they felt that Misbun Sidek, Rashid's brother and Nusa Mahsuri
coach, would do a better job of preparing Rashid for the world champioships.
In later discussions, Nusa Mahsuri also said that they wanted Rashid to focus
on the individual world championships and that they did not want Rashid to
play in the world mixed team competition that is played the week before. They
also wanted the badminton association to send Misbun Sidek to Glasgow along
with the team.
The badminton association had already laid down a policy that all national
team players going to Glasgow should make themselves available to play in the
world mixed team championships or Sudirman Cup competition.
They also had given Rashid a deadline by which date he had to start
practicing with the national team. Rashid failed to meet this deadline and
continued to be absent the team's practice sessions.
The absences and the continued negative stand by Nusa Mahsuri on Rashid's
playing in the Sudirman Cup forced the badminton association's hand and they
removed Rashid from the national team.
Nusa Mahsuri however is not taking the removal of Rashid from the national
team lying down. Jalani Sidek, Nusa Mahsuri's general manager, has said that
they will be taking the badminton association to court to get Rashid placed
back on the team.
Meanwhile, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Malaysian minister of youth and
sports, has offered to act as mediator between the badminton association and
Nusa Mahsuri and has expressed his opinion that Nusa should not drag the
matter into the courts of law. The minister had previously opted to stay out
of the dispute.
(filed by jchang/written by migrossman)
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