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    Default Report from the Star

    Sports Awards: Chong Wei steals the thunder

    By LIM TEIK HUAT

    BEST OF 2005: Malaysia's top badminton player Lee Chong Wei was surprisingly voted the Sportsman of the Year 2005. As expected, world squash champion Nicol David was an easy winner for the Sportswoman of the Year award. They each received RM10,000.

    KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Lee Chong Wei added another feather to his cap when he was surprisingly named the winner of the 2005 National Sportsman Award.

    However, there were no surprises for the 2005 National Sportswoman Award, which went to squash star Nicol David.

    Chong Wei’s consistency and focus in his game earned him the nod over other strong contenders, like Asian number one ranked bowler Alex Liew, world wushu championship gold medallist Pui Fook Chien, diver Yeoh Ken Nee, two-time Mr Universe Sazali Abdul Samad and artistic gymnast Ng Shu Wai, a finalist at the World Championships last year.

    Roslin Hashim was the last badminton player to be picked for the award when he achieved the feat in 2001. Other shuttlers who have won the award were Misbun Sidek (1984), Foo Kok Keong (1989), Rashid Sidek (1990, 91, 92, 96) and Cheah Soon Kit-Yap Kim Hock (1997).

    Now, Chong Wei has stepped up to take the accolade. Chong Wei bagged his first five-star singles title in the Danish Open and also retained his Malaysian Open title last year.

    The 24-year-old Chong Wei also made his World Championships debut a memorable one by bagging the bronze medal and he was a semi-finalist in the All-England championships.

    Chong Wei also led the national badminton team to wrest the coveted team title from Indonesia in the Manila SEA Games last December.

    He also reached the semi-finals of the German and Hong Kong Opens. His performances on the international front helped him move up from No 5 to No 2 in the current world ranking.

    Chong Wei, who has bagged the Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships titles this year, said the award was a pleasant surprise for him and a boost for him ahead of the Thomas Cup Finals at the end of this month.

    “This is a big honour for me. I will be playing as the first singles in the Thomas Cup Finals this time and it will spur me to work harder for success in the other major meets as well,” said Chong Wei.

    He has also set his sights on winning the World Championships in Madrid (September) and the Doha Asian Games (December).

    For the 22-year-old Nicol, this is the third time she has bagged the award, having won it in 1999 and 2003.

    The Penangite had an outstanding run last year when she clinched five titles on the women’s professional circuit – the Kuwait Open, Dutch Open, Malaysian Open, British Open and Carol Weymuller Open in New York. Nicol also took the women’s singles gold medal in the World Games in Duisberg, Germany.

    And in December, she capped it by becoming the first Asian woman to be crowned the world champion in Hong Kong.

    The achievement lifted her to the top of the world rankings for the first time and her peers subsequently picked her as the winner of the 2005 Player of the Year award in squash.

    Chong Wei and Nicol each received RM10,000.

    Disabled archer Mohd Salam Sidik, who won three gold medals in the World Wheelchair Archery Championships in Brazil last year, took the Paralympic Men award while top woman power-lifter Siow Lee Chan won in the women’s category. The duo took home RM10,000 each.

    The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamallulail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Al-Marhum Tengku Abdul Rashid gave away the awards last night.

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    congrats. to Nicol and LCW.
    keep it up.

    LCW and others will get more if M'sia wins the TC2006 i supposed.

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    congratulations, Chong Wei!!!

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    dun burden him with high expetation in final tc 2006,

    he can't bare a high pressure

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    Quote Originally Posted by taufik-ist
    dun burden him with high expetation in final tc 2006,

    he can't bare a high pressure
    If he can't handle the pressure, he shouldn't be playing in the TC. He is now a top player and with that COMES higher expectations.

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    Default need help from LCW fans in Penang please!

    This is an unusual and desperate request but if you are LCW fan, read on & perhaps you may want to help...

    In the past month, I've been shooting TV features on various badminton players in Malaysia. The tapes are sent to Sweden for a new weekly show called World of Badminton. Th programme is being shown in Europe and soon in Asia too. Few weeks ago I had the pleasure and honour of interviewing Chong Wei in KL. It was a touching interview: he cried when recalling the sacrifices made by his parents. He mentioned his father many times.

    Unfortunately he does not have any pics of his parents in KL. And we have no budget nor time to fly to Penang just to get those pics. 'Weeyet' posted some pics from a China Press article but they are too small to use. A real pity as there is one of his parents... and one of LCW as small boy with daddy.

    The production company is editing the piece on LCW right now. His player profile is planned for the next show [next week!!] We really want to pay his parents the tribute in his profile. If anyone has ideas or a way to get pics of his parents etc and email to me, it would be a real service to Chong Wei and Malaysian badminton. I met him again during ABC in Johor Bahru and he once again impressed me with his sportsmanship and basic nice-guy friendliness. Can anyone please help!?

    In the few months I have been on this website I realise how resourceful and fun this badminton web-community is. That's why I thought: if anyone can help, badmintoncentral folks can.

    I assure you this is an honest request and I'm not a crazy stalker. If you have doubts SMS me on +6017-3659190 and I will call you back.

    Thank you.

    Jackie
    prana@singnet.com.sg

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    i heard that kkk has girlfriend..is it true?

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    LCW definitely needs to fix his teeth. His smile is extremely hard to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt_Strider
    LCW definitely needs to fix his teeth. His smile is extremely hard to look at.
    Then stop looking and whining. Your face probably isn't a pleasure to look at either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt_Strider
    LCW definitely needs to fix his teeth. His smile is extremely hard to look at.
    wow..that's pretty mean of you..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunBlade008
    Then stop looking and whining. Your face probably isn't a pleasure to look at either.
    I'm not whining. I was only stating my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erin_hakkinen
    wow..that's pretty mean of you..
    I'm only stating my opinion. For a star like LCW, I figure he would have a "perfect" smile.

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    tough crowd out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt_Strider
    I'm only stating my opinion. For a star like LCW, I figure he would have a "perfect" smile.
    Ah, I see you're a proponent of the Anna Kournikova academy of tennis

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    LCW shy shy ler.. so humble.. thank goodness his injury wasnt serious.. msia wld have cried.. haha..

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    Default Chong Wei!!

    chong wei is on top form now... hope he can beat peter gade in the semi final match.. come on our malaysia hero!!

    any comment abt chong wei recent perfomance? tell us more

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    let's just say he did well with the korean.. GOO LCW!! beat peter gade

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