Is Chong Wei Malaysia’s only hope for Olympic gold?

The hopes of the nation to get a gold medal in the Rio Olympics shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of veteran and world number 1 shuttler, Lee Chong Wei alone, said Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) Deputy President, Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid.

The responsibility should also be shared by the men’s doubles and mixed doubles pairings, he said.

Among the badminton players who qualified for the 31st edition of the Olympic Games are men’s doubles and women’s doubles duo Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong and Vivian Hoo / Woon Khe Wei, mixed doubles pairing Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying, and women’s singles player Tee Jing Yi.

“I would say these 3 categories would be our best chance in terms of badminton,” said Abdul Majid to Harian Metro during a visit to the badminton training camp in Juara Stadium. He is also the chef de mission (CDM) of Malaysia.

Photo credit: Michael's Badminton Academy
Photo credit: Michael’s Badminton Academy

Meanwhile, Technical Director of BAM, Morten Frost Hansen said the fate of Jing Yi regarding her eligibility to join the Olympic squad after suffering from an ankle injury, will be announced after the Coaching and Training Committee (C & T) meeting on 27 June and the exco meeting on the following day.

“Everyone is clearly concern about her situation. It would be in our best interest to make a quick decision as the uncertainty can be damaging and no one likes it.”

“She was injury-free before this and she trained normally without facing any problems,” said the former Danish legendary player.

Jing Yi, who was supposed to compete in her 2nd Olympic games after making her debut in the 2012 London Olympics, might be replaced by world junior champion Goh Jin Wei, after she was injured during the final of the first National Circuit.

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