Chong Wei unfazed by rising performance of young players

Last update: 11/02/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) -- The improving performance of national young players will not affect the desire of singles champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei to clinch a slot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Chong Wei who is now ranked 30th in the world did not deny competition from young players such as Lee Zii Jia and professional player, Liew Darren was getting stiffer when they are ranked 28th and 29th respectively.

The three-time Olympic silver medalist said he could still improve his rankings despite facing stronger challenges in the men's singles.

“Do not say I am not eligible...(for Olympics). My target is to play in the Olympics for the fifth time. Yes, who is good will get to play in the Olympics … it is fairer to all players.

"Anything can happen. If we look at the achievements of our players at the 2016 Rio Olympics, who would have guessed that the national doubles pairs of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying would win the silver medal.    

“At that time, the contingent and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) only targeted one medal that is me. So do not despair. In any major championships, there would be upsets,” he told reporters after undergoing training at Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara.....