Former international Rashid Sidek has now taken up a new challenge as a coach.
He is now coaching para shuttler Cheah Liek Hou for this year’s Tokyo Paralympics.
Badminton will make its Paralympics debut in Tokyo (Aug 20-Sept 6) and Liek Hou is one of the favourites for the men’s singles gold in the SU5 (upper limb impairment) category.
Rashid, who quit as Sports Affairs Academy coach recently, has vowed to help Liek Hou achieve his dream.
Indonesian Dheva Andrimusti, who won the para world title in Basel last year, and compatriot Suryo Nugroho are the other favourites.
Liek Hou won only a bronze after losing to Dheva in the semi-finals in Basel.
“This is a new challenge for me. I want to help Liek Hou achieve his dream of becoming a Paralympic champion.
“It will be a significant breakthrough for Malaysian badminton if he can achieve it,” said Rashid.
“Liek Hou has been training at Sports Affairs since June last year.
“Although I am no longer with Sports Affairs, I will still coach him at the academy.
Rashid will accompany Liek Hou for the Brazil (Feb 10-15) and Peru (Feb 18-23) Para Internationals where he will likely face both Dheva and Suryo.
Liek Hou is funded by the National Sports Council (NSC), who will likely appoint Rashid as his official coach for the Tokyo Games soon.