Chong Wei hungry for more after Commonwealth Games success

By Bernama 18 April 2018 1515
Chong Wei hungry for more after Commonwealth Games success
Winning the men's singles gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has motivated Lee Chong Wei to continue the positive momentum at the Badminton Asia Championships, which is set to take place from April 24 to 29 in Wuhan, China.

The national badminton ace said although he only had a short time to train before heading to China, it would not affect his performance at the tournament.

"I was pleased with the achievement at the Commonwealth Games. 

"Although I was a little disappointed that we failed to defend the gold medal in the mixed team event, and I failed to achieve my personal target of two gold medals, I am okay with the overall result.

"We have many major tournaments this year. I will have three or four days of training before heading to Wuhan, and then return home to prepare for the Thomas Cup in May. 

"I hope to do my best in every tournament I participate in," Lee told reporters after arriving from Australia with the national badminton squad at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Tuesday.

The Penang-born athlete has received a relatively easy passage in the first round draw of the Championships, but should face a tough encounter against world number one K. Srikanth, whom he beat in Gold Coast, in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Norza Zakaria said he was satisfied with the national squad's performance at the Games despite falling one short of the three gold medal target.

"Overall, I'm happy with the players' achievements even though we failed to reach the target of three gold.

"The emergence of India as a new force in badminton should not be underestimated because if we look at table tennis, their representatives also pulled off shock victories, and for me, our main mistake was that we underestimated countries which were not [traditionally] badminton heavyweights," he said.

Norza added that he would be having discussions with the coaching staff on how to overcome the national squad's weaknesses.

Besides Lee's triumph, Malaysia won another gold in the women's doubles event through Vivian Hoo Kah Mun and Chow Mei Kuan, a silver in the mixed team event, and two bronze medals in the men's doubles and mixed double's events.

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