KUALA LUMPUR – National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz described the resilience of national badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei as crucial in the mission to clinch the gold medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea starting on Sept 19.
He said Chong Wei did not face any problems in getting back his drive for his mental and physical strength despite losing the BWF World Championships at Copenhagen, Denmark recently.
The last time a Malaysian won an Asian Games gold medal was through Datuk Punch Gunalan in 1970 in Bangkok while Chong Wei had so far only won the silver medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China four year ago.
“I’m confident Datuk Lee Chong Wei will get what he deserves… he has been working hard and is the best player in the world and he can rest assured he will get the full support of Malaysians from back home in his endeavour.
“For me, his defeat at the BWF World Championships recently has actually fired him up to win the Asian Games gold medal.
“Feeling disappointed in a loss is a positive sign as the player can then bounce back to fight again,” he told reporters after signing the ISN-United States Sports Academy Malaysia (USSA-Malaysia) memorandum of understanding (MoU) here yesterday. – Bernama