KOTA BAHARU, Aug 15 (Bernama) -- The willingness of Rashid Sidek to stay on as national badminton singles chief coach is hoped will result in gold medals in the men's singles competition at the Word Championship in Copenhagen this month and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea next month.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the success of Malaysia's world number one men's singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei very much depended on Rashid as his coach.
"I have spoken to him (Rashid) on the phone, he said he will stay to serve out his contract which ends at the end of the year," he told reporters after opening Kota Baharu Umno's Youth and Puteri wings' delegates meeting here today.
Khairy, who is also Umno Youth chief, was commenting on the soured relationship between Rashid and the top leadership of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) which is feared will affect the national contingent's preparations for the two major meets.
Prior to this, newspapers has reported about the souring of relationship between Rashid and BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff which also caused the coached to be dropped from the national contingent headed to the World Championship (from Aug 25-31) and back up singles coach Hendrawan given the task of leading the team instead.....