Kuala Lumpur: The road to become an Olympic Champion is a grueling process that brings most men to their knees long before they ever get close. Badminton is a very demanding sport at any level of competition, but to play at the highest level imaginable requires a grit and determination that, for some, may quit before they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. For Lee Chong Wei, who suffered his fourth consecutive world championship final defeat – and second straight by Chen Long – on Sunday, has earned a lot of respect from badminton fans and players around the world through his perseverance and determination.
On Tuesday, Lee Chong Wei returned from the World Championships, and was greeted by reporters and fans at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
In response to reporters’ questions, Lee told them he will continue to work hard, to improve and to achieve more success on the badminton court.
“I failed again this time. However, I’m going to train harder, because I want to give it my best shot at the Rio Olympics, which will likely be my last Olympic appearance,” said Chong Wei.
“Well, now it’s a little less than a year away from the start of the 2016 Olympics, however, the qualification period will end in May 1 of 2016. Right now, my goal is to collect enough qualification points to secure a berth in the 2016 Summer Olympics,” added Lee Chong Wei.
BadmintonPlanet.com’s note to Lee Chong Wei:
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali had his boxing license suspended for three and a half years, and his heavyweight title was stripped off for five years after he refused to join the U.S. military to fight in Vietnam War. Ali was reinstated by the boxing association in the 1970s, but it was already a complete new era in heavyweight boxing. Boxers such as Joe Frazier and George Foreman were far more formidable than any boxers Ali had fought back in the 1960s.
Ali lost “The Fight of the Century” against Frazier in 1970, but later Ali launched stellar career comebacks by beating Frazier in the rematch in 1974 and then beat Frazier again at “The Thrilla in Manila” in 1975. Ali also defeated reigning champion George Foreman in a historic boxing event called “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974.
There’s nothing wrong with losing, the most important thing is understanding and accepting what had happened and begin to devote your energy to finding a new way for a change. To be a true champion, it is about how well you bounce back from defeat, and you have done that many times.
Meanwhile, it is clear that the China badminton team has thoroughly researched and analyzed your game. A stronger coaching team that could harmonize sport science and the art of badminton may help you invent a new breed of badminton power and athleticism. We are confident you’ll continue to make adjustments, refine your skills and continue forward. Lastly, we would like to share one of the greatest quotes from Ali with you, and wish you all the very best!
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”