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Badminton: Malaysia coach sidelined after poor Commonwealth Games

Published on Aug 8, 2014 4:26 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia badminton coach Rashid Sidek has paid the price for a poor Commonwealth Games showing, after he was excluded from the travelling party for the world championships in Denmark later this month and also looks set to miss out on the 2016 Olympics.

Men's singles coach Rashid saw his two charges knocked out at the quarter-final stage in Glasgow earlier this month, as India's Parupalli Kashyap won the gold to end Malaysia's long domination of the event dating back to 1990.

Rashid, who started that run by winning gold in Auckland and then retaining the title four years later, has endured a poor relationship with Badminton Association of Malaysia president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, who instructed deputy coach Hendrawan to take charge for the Aug 25-31 event in Copenhagen.

"I don't want to argue or harp on this issue, but the president had a management meeting and chose Hendrawan to take my place at the world championships," Rashid was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

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