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Thread: Lee Chong Wei ( 李宗伟 )
07-15-2008, 07:24 AM #596
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A passion for speed
Our national badminton players rank amongst the best in the world. All eyes will be on them once again when the Olympics start next month. 100PLUS, the official isotonic drink partner for the Badminton Association of Malaysia, brings you a series of five articles featuring our national players. Find out what makes them tick when they are not on the badminton court. The series kicks off with Lee Chong Wei who will be leading the singles squad.
FAST cars and football are just some of the things that drive Lee Chong Wei wild. His love for life in the fast lane could have seen him working in the automobile industry had he not made it as a world-class badminton player.
The badminton ace who is on course to becoming Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medallist, revealed that he spends his spare time watching football matches and taking care of his car, a sporty Nissan Fairlady.
“I’m quite passionate about cars and like to get the latest accessories for it,” says the 25-year-old shuttler. “In fact, some of my friends and even my girlfriend (badminton player Wong Mew Choo) always joke that I could have been a car salesman or work in a car accessory shop if I didn’t make the grade as a badminton player.
“I get a big kick out of taking my car out for a spin and I confess I have received a couple of summons for speeding – which is not a good thing to talk about,” he adds with a laugh.
“Although I drive quite fast, I must stress that I’m actually a safe driver and don’t simply overtake or zigzag through traffic.”
A huge fan of Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, Lee also supports the Ferrari team but seldom has time to watch Formula One races on television. He thoroughly enjoyed going to Sepang on three occasions to watch the F1 races. “It was simply fantastic to be there, and watch the best drivers and cars in action.”
Besides cars, Lee’s other passion is football. His number one team is Manchester United. He first began supporting the Red Devils because of David Beckham. When the former England skipper upped and left for Real Madrid in 2003, Lee decided to stick with the English club as their entertaining, attacking style appealed to him.
A “new” hero emerged at Old Trafford recently – Cristiano Ronaldo – and Lee took an instant liking to the Portuguese star. “In many ways, Ronaldo and Beckham are much alike, yet they are different kinds of players,” Lee says, who admitted he watched Portugal’s games during the Euro 2008 just to see Ronaldo in action.
“I will continue supporting Manchester United, regardless of the players they may have in the coming seasons.”
Lee also enjoys a game of football and once in a blue moon, he gets together with the rest of the national players to kick the ball around at the National Sports Council field in Bukit Jalil, which is where the national badminton players train.
“The rest of the national players are quite big fans as well and enjoy playing football once in a while to break the monotony of training,” he reveals. “It’s just harmless fun and helps us to bond.”
On his Olympic target, Lee says: “It will be tough but I’m determined to give it my best shot as this could be my last chance at winning the gold medal.”
Currently ranked number two in the world, he will be up against the mighty Chinese players who are the favourites to dominate the badminton competition in front of their fans.
“Playing in Beijing against the Chinese players will be extremely difficult. It will require my very best efforts to be successful. I will have to push myself to the very edge if I hope to win there.”
07-15-2008, 08:01 AM #598
07-15-2008, 08:15 AM #599
wow, lee chong wei can be an pro street racer already lar after he retires
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new fan reporting in....
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are we getting out and out of topic now????
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