KUALA LUMPUR: Chan Chong Ming’s challenge in the World Championships at Madrid in 2006 ended prematurely when he had to rush home for his father’s funeral.
But now that the national men’s doubles shuttler has another shot at the world meet, he is determined to win a medal for his late father Chan Chee Khing.
And he has a renewed motivation as well after winning his first title of the year with Chew Choon Eng – albeit a minor one – at the Mini Olympic Games on Thursday.
The pair had defeated fellow independent players Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in the final at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.
Chong Ming-Choon Eng, who are sponsored by Victor, have qualified for the world meet in Hyderabad, India (from Aug 10-16) as the fourth Malaysian pair.
The other three pairs are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Tan Fook-Wan Wah.
Chong Ming said he never imagined that he would get a chance to compete in the world meet again after leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in 2007.
“I thought that it was all over for me as far as competing in a major tournament after I left the BAM,” said Chong Ming.
“But Choon Eng and I have somehow made the cut and it is a good opportunity for us to make a mark. I still remember my last world meet outing with the national team. My father passed away and I had to return home.”
Then, Chong Ming had qualified for the world meet in Madrid with Kien Keat.
After a first-round bye, the duo had to concede a walkover to South Korean Hwang Ji-man-Han Sang-hoon when Chong Ming found out that his father had passed away after battling with leukaemia for a long time.
“My father has always been a great supporter of my badminton career.
“I did not get to fulfil his wish at the previous world meet. This time, I plan to win a medal.”
Chong Ming-Choon Eng have won a medal before – a bronze at the 2001 World Championships in Seville – and it will be a great achievement if they can go all the way to the final.
“Our performances have been inconsistent this year. We lost to a back-up pair (Goh Wei Shem-Vountus Indra Mawan) at the Thailand Open ... but it has not affected our confidence,” Chong Ming said.
“We are looking forward to doing well. We plan to play together at least two more years.”
Unfortunately, the duo are in the bottom half of the draw with second seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Tan Fook-Wan Wah, South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung, Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen and England’s Anthony Clark-Nathan Robertson.