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08-08-2012, 06:14 AM #8688
LAST HURRAH: London Olympics silver medallist does not rule out 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games appearance
Fans waiting to greet Lee Chong Wei at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on his return from the London Olympics yesterday. Pic by Goh Thean Howe
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DESPITE jesting recently he may need a walking stick to compete at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, Lee Chong Wei has not ruled not the possibility of making one last Olympic appearance.
The 30-year-old, who came agonisingly close to clinching the nation's first-ever Olympic gold medal in the final against Lin Dan of China in London on Sunday, said good health and the ability to perform at a high level, could see him in the Olympic mix again.
"For the time being, I am not going to think too much about the 2016 Games as it is still a long time from now," said Chong Wei upon his arrival from London at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday.
"My focus for the time being is the World Championships next year and the Asian and Commonwealth Games the following year. However, I may decide to compete in Brazil if I feel I am capable.
"It will depend on my condition at the time especially in regard to injuries. My level of fitness and ability to recover from matches will also be an important factor I will have to look at."
National singles coach Rashid Sidek said he had no doubts Chong Wei would be able to qualify for the next Olympics but contending for a medal at the Games would be a different story.
"At the moment he is still physically in very good shape. However, in the future we do not know if he will sustain any injuries that will affect him," said Rashid.
"He should be able to qualify (for 2016 Olympics) but contending for medals may be difficult and I do not know if he will be satisfied just being a contender as he has very high standards.
Chong Wei, however, stressed the importance of developing younger players to take over his place and added that he will also be playing an active role in developing talent.
"I have discussed the matter with my coaches and Badminton Association of Malaysia and they have said they will be doing their best to produce new talent," said Chong Wei.
"There may be a training group formed to develop the younger players where I, as a senior player, will try and encourage and groom these junior players."
08-08-2012, 06:20 AM #8689
The Star Online > Nation
Wednesday August 8, 2012
Game for gold in Rio
SEPANG: Datuk Lee Chong Wei's quest for the Olympic gold is not over. He is game for another shot at it in four years at the Rio Games in 2016.
The London Olympic Games silver medallist was clearly surprised and buoyed by the tremendous welcome he got at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from hordes of high-spirited fans armed with congratulatory banners and the Jalur Gemilang.
Carrying posters and banners with messages such as National Hero and You make us proud to be Malaysians, the fans sang Negaraku and the patriotic Inilah Barisan Kita.
Hero’s welcome: Chong Wei being greeted by hundreds of fans at KLIA after his arrival from the London Olympics. He had lost the men’s singles badminton gold medal match to Lin Dan from China in a thrilling encounter. — AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star
In London, the 29-year-old Chong Wei lost 21-15, 10-21, 19-21 to Lin Dan of China but his stirring display stole the hearts of Malaysians across the nation.
Chong Wei, however, said playing in 2016 would depend on his physical condition.
The world No. 2 has several options as he can play in the singles, doubles or even the mixed doubles in Rio de Janeiro.
But for now, he has another focus.
“I am serious about wanting to win two titles the 2013 World Championships and the 2014 Asian Games. I can still push myself in training. If my condition is good, I may give the next Olympic Games a shot,” said Chong Wei, who will be 33 at the next Games.
A hero’s welcome: S. Prevnaran and P. Prisheela holding placards while waiting for Chong Wei at KLIA’s arrival hall.
08-08-2012, 06:20 AM #8690
The Star Online > Nation
Wednesday August 8, 2012
Shuttler courts question marks over marriage date
SEPANG: Lee Chong Wei's face was glowing when he stepped out at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, partly due to the overwhelming support from the fans who turned up to welcome him home.
The other reason was the presence of his long-time girlfriend Wong Mew Choo.
The former Malaysian women's No. 1 returned home with him after spending the whole week rooting for him in London.
When pressed about his relationship with Mew Choo and if they would be tying the knot any time soon, Lee replied: “Should be (with her). But no, not this year though.”
“Let's talk about badminton first,” he add-ed.
Lee had announced, prior to the Games, that he would get married soon, but he did not reveal the name of the love of his life although it was an open secret that he was dating Mew Choo.
Their relationship, which goes way back to their junior days, has not all been smooth sailing. They broke up a few times before getting together again.
If everything goes well, Chong Wei is expected to be glowing again next year when he walks down the aisle with Mew Choo.
08-08-2012, 06:22 AM #8691
The Star Online > Nation
Wednesday August 8, 2012
Will the next Chong Wei please step forward?
THE STAR SAYS...
IT may have only been a silver medal, but you would not have guessed it judging by the electrifying reception national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei received upon arrival at KLIA.
Hundreds converged at the arrival area, according him a welcome reserved for a true national hero.
That he failed to deliver the country's first ever Olympic gold is of no consequence, not after he stole the nation's heart on Sunday with a fighting display before going down to Lin Dan 21-15, 10-21, 19-21, in what many describe as one of the most enthralling badminton finals in recent times.
Just two months ago, Chong Wei's dream and that of the nation was nearly dashed after he sustained an ankle injury during the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan, China.
Many doubted whether he could even make the trip to London. But they had not reckoned with Chong Wei's fighting spirit as the shuttler pushed himself to better the silver he won at the Beijing Games in 2008.
As the dust settles over his heroics, one question lingers: How much longer will Malaysia depend on Chong Wei to bring glory? Where is the next echelon of world-beaters?
While Malaysia is scraping the barrel for talents, China continues to show that it is on the right track.
While Lin Dan became the first singles player to defend the Olympic gold at the London Games, his probable successor Chen Long, 20, bagged a bronze medal to underline his potential as a future star.
But where are our youngsters? Liew Daren, Chan Kwong Beng, Chong Wei Feng, Misbun Ramdan Misbun, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Zulfadli Zulkifli are some of the top-ranked shuttlers in the back-up squad. But none can come close to Chen Long.
This problem, however, is not one faced by badminton only. It is prevalent in every sport.
In squash, the top management is scrambling to find a replacement for six-time world champion Nicol David. In cycling, no youngster has emerged to give ace rider Azizulhasni Awang a run for his money. In archery, do not be surprised if Cheng Chu Sian makes a bid for a third Olympic appearance.
Something is definitely wrong with our development programmes in tapping young talents at the grassroots level.
Is there a dearth of sporting talent? Is there too much politicking in the associations? Are the national bodies being run professionally? Are the selection of athletes transparent? Have many top officials overstayed their welcome? Or is it simply because our athletes are not as hungry for success as their rivals?
All the above probably apply.
The Government has been pumping in millions to improve the standard of national athletes with not much to show for its efforts. If nothing is done to improve the sports scene in the country, then Malaysians had better cherish Chong Wei's efforts for it may be a long time before we can celebrate the glitter of gold.
Thank God for Chong Wei, Nicol and Azizul!
Chen Long is 23, not 20, the reporter made slight mistake
Last edited by eaglehelang; 08-08-2012 at 06:25 AM.
08-08-2012, 06:31 AM #8692
4 years ago i predicted that both LD and LCW will be either retired or over the hill for the London 2012 and CJ will be the title contented, how wrong I was!
I'm going to have the same prediction with CL replacing CJ for the 2016 Rio.
Oh well, only 4 years to wait.
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08-08-2012, 06:39 AM #8693
Personally, I prefer to watch LCW play doubles, like he did with Vivien Hoo during the local tournament. It's less punishing to his physical body with a partner to share the work/burden.
08-08-2012, 06:42 AM #8694
08-08-2012, 07:26 AM #8695
if one press doesnt give proper information and make mistake in basic info like this
u can tell their credibility
he didnt have anything to be even a chen hong or xia xuan ze,not to mention lin dan
08-08-2012, 07:44 AM #8696
yes,chen long will have the same fate with either chen jin or bao chun lai.
he didnt have anything to be even a chen hong or xia xuan ze,not to mention lin dan[/QUOTE]
Is this CL really that bad meh ?.....he is WR No. 3 just behine LD and LCW...and now no other player can beat him besides LD and LCW, u know......?
08-08-2012, 02:35 PM #8697
why LCW not trying partnering Wong Mei Choo for XD? it would be good i think? couple in and off court.
08-08-2012, 04:23 PM #8698
I'm pretty sure he and his partner (if she's good in front) can easily contend with the top 10 xd pairs and place in the top 3 in the world easily.
Need an easy chance at gold at OG 2016 datuk?
Last edited by visor; 08-08-2012 at 04:25 PM.
08-08-2012, 06:18 PM #8699
LCW cud well play until in his 40s and still beat the crap out of the Malaysian national backups.
08-08-2012, 08:32 PM #8700
08-08-2012, 08:54 PM #8701
To side track, CL is not in the same fold as LD or even Xia or Sun Jun. But he would do well enough to maintain himself on top. His problem is his height, watch out for the back problem and knee twist. His career wont last long. Fortunately for CL no other players in his age group could challenge him save maybe Sho Wan Ho who has potential or WZM. His career, 4 years max.
08-09-2012, 06:15 AM #8702
08-09-2012, 09:35 AM #8703
LCW should retire in 2 years while he still on good form now. If he waits longer than that to retire, people might say he's not so good anymore after that.
08-09-2012, 10:59 AM #8704
only people with low self-esteem care about others people said.
and lcw aren't one of them.
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