|Birth name||Abdul Rashid bin Mohd Sidek|
8 July 1968 |
Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)|
|Years active||1986 - 2000|
He is the second youngest of the six Sidek brothers. Rashid and his siblings gained exposure to badminton from their father, Haji Mohd Sidek. Growing up with a support system that revolved around badminton, Rashid became one of the most uplifting sportsmen in his era. 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).
Upon his retirement, Rashid was appointed as national coach by the Badminton Association of Malaysia and became instrumental to the success of the new generation badminton players (for instance Daren Liew and Chong Wei Feng). Apart from that he was a coach in Nusa Mahsuri, a badminton club from 1996 to 2002. Currently, he acts as the advisor for the club which he has set up with his brother Jalani Sidek.
Rashid became the youngest player to win the National Junior Badminton championship in 1980 at the age of 12. His name became great references after winning the National championship B-18s by beating Kwan Yoke Meng in 1984, at which time he was studying as form 3 in Victoria Institution. In 1985, he won the Asian Youth Championship beating Allan Budi Kusuma of Indonesia. After that dazzling victory, he continues the run by winning Selangor Open and Sarawak Open defeating elite players including his brother, Misbun Sidek and Foo Kok Keong.
Breakthrough and dominance
After the completion of his Sijil Penilaian Menengah (SPM) exam, he was injected into the Project 1988/90 squad set to regain the Thomas Cup. Rashid replied to a trust, by showing impressive run but Malaysia lost the finals to China 1-4.
He won the Malaysian Open title three years consecutively during the year 1990, 1991, and 1992. He was known by many as “jaguh kampung” - whatever it is not enough to challenge his credibility as a leading world class player. In the Thomas Cup final in 1992, he beat Ardy Wiranata to give Malaysia the first point in the route won a dramatic 3-2 win over rivals Indonesia - the first championship in 25 years, and the last to this day.
Accomplishments came as a tumbling for a period of three years thereafter. However, Rashid bounce back in 1996, putting him in the top 3 best players in the world by winning the Asian Cup and German Open, then advancing to the final of the All England before losing to Paul-Erik Hoyer Larsen from Denmark. He won the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics after beating Indonesia's 1995 world champion, Heryanto Arbi, 5-15, 15-11, 15-6 and overthrew first seeded players, Joko Suprianto of Indonesia in route to the semi-finals, before bowing out to China, Dong Jiong.
Moreover, in the year of 1997, Rashid was named as the number one badminton player by International Badminton Federation (IBF). He began to make room for players like Wong Choong Hann, Yong Hock Kin and Roslin Hashim to rise up, and retired in 2000.
|1||Singles||1990||Auckland, New Zealand|
|2||Doubles||1990||Auckland, New Zealand|
|1||Team||1992||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|2||Team||1988||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|1||Singles||1990||Malaysia Open (1)|
|1||Singles||1991||Asian Badminton Championships (1)|
|1||Singles||1991||Malaysia Open (2)|
|1||Singles||1992||World Grand Prix Finals|
|1||Singles||1992||Asian Badminton Championships (2)|
|1||Singles||1992||Malaysia Open (3)|
|2||Singles||1996||All England Open|
|2||Singles||1996||Chinese Taipei Open|
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