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Dato' Misbun Sidek

Category : Sports
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28/05/2016 21:20 PM
Dato' Misbun Sidek is a Malaysian former badminton player who is rated among the world's leading men's singles players of the 1980s. He was known as a "giant killer," who, at his best, could defeat any top player of his era. At the age of 9, he represented his school in badminton and was the national champion by 15. At the age of 16, he was selected to represent Malaysia at the Asian Invitational Championships in Hong Kong and at the Australian Open (Silver Bowl), following his victory in the national champions under 18. A year later, he was selected for Malaysia's Thomas Cup training squad. He won his first international title at the 1981 German Open. Then, he helped Malaysia's national squad to win the silver medal at the SEA Games. In the team event, he beat Indonesia’s leading player and reigning All England champion Liem Swie King. He was named 1981 Malaysia's Sportsman of the Year, a feat he repeated two years later. In addition to being the world cup runner-up, he also won the Swedish Open and maintained his Malaysian national title in 1982. With his talent, looks and charisma, he drew the attention of the international sports community. In October 1983, he turned professional and signed a contract to be represented by the International Management Group (IMG), which then represented such sports stars as Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sebastian Coe and Alberto Salazar. In January 1985, the Sidek family made history when they became the largest sibling group ever to represent the country abroad in the same sporting event. Dato’ Misbun, Razif, Jalani, Rahman and Rashid were all selected to compete at the Hong Kong Open. He reached the final of the All-England Championships for the only time in his career but was beaten by Morten Frost in 1986. However, his last full year at the top level of badminton, 1988, was rather special to him as he played on a Malaysia Thomas Cup team which defeated their arch-rival Indonesia for the first time in 21 years before losing the final to China. A year later, he officially hung up his badminton racquet at the age of 29.