Sidek Othman, the national hockey coach who took Malaysia to the bronze medal in the Tehran Asian Games in 1974 and the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, passed away on Wednesday night at the University Hospital. He was 71.
Born in Malacca but grew up in Butterworth, his name may not ring a bell among generation X and Y but the late Sidek was synonymous with hockey and cricket in the 60s and 70s.
Ismail Bakri, one of his contemporaries and coach of the 1972 Munich Olympic squad, paid tribute to Sidek, a left-half during his heyday.
"He would go to great lengths to accomplish his mission once he set his mind to it. We will miss him."
Datuk R. Yogeswaran was saddened by the passing of one his closest friends.
"He and I assisted Ho Koh Chye in the 1975 World Cup. A year later he took the team to the Montreal Olympics. We renewed our coaching ties in 1979 when he assisted me for the Paris Junior World Cup in 1979. Sidek served TNB and Armed Forces with distinction, no doubt," said Yogeswaran.
Ow Soon Kooi who served Sidek in Montreal, expressed his deepest condolences to Sidek's family.