It was a bad day for national coaches and brothers Rashid and Misbun Sidek yesterday.
Rashid’s son was confirmed positive for A(H1N1) and this saw the National Sports Institute (NSI) taking immediate precautions by getting the Thomas-Uber Cup players screened.
NSI director general Dr Ramlan Aziz said that several players were taken to the NSI in Bukit Jalil to have their temperatures checked.
“So far, all the players screened tested negative. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Rashid did not turn up for training yesterday as he wanted to be with his son.
Misbun, meanwhile, was awfully quiet during training at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara – because of a painful jaw.
“It is quite painful and I cannot open my mouth properly. I was eating nuts on Thursday when my jaw locked. Fortunately, I will be better in the next two days,” said Misbun.
Yesterday, it was confirmed that women’s singles shuttlers Lydia Cheah and Julia Wong are out of the Uber Cup team for good after the tournament referee accepted the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) request to replace the injured duo.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that Sannatasah Saniru and Sonia Cheah would be the replacements.