PUCHONG: National men’s and women’s singles shuttlers Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo may be a couple or they could simply be the best of friends.
Whatever it is, they are not about to let their personal affairs get in their way of pursuing Olympic glory.
And as far as national coach Misbun Sidek is concerned, that is true professionalism.
Misbun was full of praise for Chong Wei and Mew Choo for giving undivided attention in their preparation for the next month’s Beijing Games.
“There is no indication that there is something going on between them during training. Even if there is, they are not showing it,” Misbun said after a training session at the Michael Badminton Academy (MBA) yesterday.
“Chong Wei and Mew Choo have been minding their own businesses and have been hard at work with their own programmes.
“Players must not let their personal affairs get in the way during training. When it comes to training, they must be 100 per cent focused. And that’s exactly what I am getting from both of them.”
Chong Wei and Mew Choo have separate training programmes to cater for their specific needs in the final phase of training before the team leave for Beijing on Aug 4.
“They have different team of sparring partners. The duo hardly even cross path in training expect when I have a three against three match plays,” said Misbun.
“Mew Choo’s service has improved and she has better variety now. As for Chong Wei, he is now a better overall player. I am pleased with their high level of commitment in training.”
World No. 2 Chong Wei said: “For now, I would rather not comment on my personal life. Let’s stick to badminton only.”
The 25-year-old Mew Choo also pleaded for understanding.
“We are giving our best in training and trying our best to stay focused ahead of the Olympics. We (Chong Wei and I) have different dreams and goals at the Olympics and we are working towards achieving them,” said Mew Choo.
For the record, Malaysia’s best effort in the men’s singles is a bronze medal won by Rashid Sidek at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The women have yet to win an Olympic medal.