|Birth name||Abdul Rashid bin Mohamed Sidek|
July 8, 1968 |
Banting, Selangor, Malaysia
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)|
He is the second youngest of the six Sidek brothers. Rashid and his siblings gained exposure about badminton sport from their father, Haji Mohd Sidek. Growing up with a support system that revolved around Badminton, Rashid became a walking proof for 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 the alumnus of Victoria Institution (batch 1981-1985).
Upon his retirement, Rashid was appointed as national coach by the Badminton Association of Malaysia and became an instrument to the success of the new generation badminton players for instance Lee Chong Wei, Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, Wong Choong Hann, and Wong Mew Choo. 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 at age of 12. He stamped his mark when he won the national under-18 title in 1984 by defeating Kwan Yoke Meng at age of 15.
Breakthrough and dominance
In 1985, he won the final of Asian Youth Championship by beating Alan Budikusuma of Indonesia. After finished taking Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination, he was injected into the Project 1988/90 squad set to regain the Thomas Cup. Rashid also created a sensation when grabbing a 1990 Commonwealth Games gold beating Foo Kok Keong in Auckland at the age of 22, but his failure to stand outside the tournament saw it labeled 'local hero' - whatever it is not enough to challenge his credibility as a leading world-class player.
Rashid won the Malaysian Open title three years consecutively during the year 1990, 1991, and 1992. In the 1992 Thomas Cup, Rashid helped Malaysia to gain the first Thomas Cup title. The same year saw the Rashid won the World Grand Prix beating Alan Budi Kusuma, and ABC Championship, thus remain in the top five worlds.
His performance began to dip for three years thereafter. After failing to win any titles in 1993, Rashid just successfully defended the gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada, defeating Ong Ewe Hock, and Brunei Open champion 1995.
However, Rashid bounced fiercely in 1996, put himself in cluster 3 world player when Asia Cup champion and German Open, then reached the final of the All England before losing to Paul Erik Hoyer Larsen from Denmark. He won bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games after defeating Indonesia's 1995 world champion, Heryanto Arbi, 5-15, 15-11, 15-6 certainly remain as the sweetest moments in his career as professional players overthrew first seed players, Joko Suprianto from Indonesia on the way to the semifinals, before losing to China's Dong Jiong.
After regained the world number one spot in 1997, Rashid began to make room for players like Wong Choon Hann, Yong Hock Kin and Roslin Hashim to rise up, and retired in 2000, with its last performance Korea Open runner up.
|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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