KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Bernama) — National badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei still has a long way to go if he wants to bring back Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medal at the London Games in 2012, said Youth and Sports Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the World Number One men’s singles player must raise his game even higher and be consistent to ensure the dream (Olympic gold) could be achieved.
“Nevertheless, personally I am very proud with his victory over his arch nemesis Lin Dan of China in the Swiss Open final yesterday,” he told reporters here Monday.
“After Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan in the final in the All-England (March 8), I contacted him and advised him to give full concentration and not be nervous,” Ismail Sabri said.
In yesterday’s final, Chong Wei defeated Lin Dan in straight sets of 21-16, 21-16 in 52 minutes. It was his fourth win against the Chinese badminton supremo in 14 encounters.
His feat was also emulated by the national crack men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong who defeated Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-14, 21-18 in the final.
“Kien Keat and Boon Heong have shown they can bounce back and be a formidable combination again although before this I had suggested to national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky to split them,” said Ismail Sabri.