Lee Chong Wei is the current number one singles player in the world. He took the silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is a sports hero in his home country Malaysia. I have long known Chong Wei in the badminton circuit and he is considered one of the most liked. He is quiet, unassuming but very friendly. On court however, he is transformed into a fierce competitor whose speed and power are unmatched.
I got hold of Lee Chong Wei recently and took the opportunity to ask him some questions. Find out more about the world’s number 1 player, Lee Chong Wei.
KVA: You won the silver in the last Olympics, how does that feel?
LCW: As for me, I have actually achieved what I wished before the games which is to be qualified to the final. Thus, I should feel proud of winning silver. Anyway, I feel sad because I might have disappointed all Malaysians who really hoped that I can bring our country’s 1st Olympic Gold Medal.
About the match, I would say that Lin Dan was extraordinary on that day. He was too fast for me. Indeed, I have never seen him to be that fast.
KVA: Is it your goal to get Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medal in 2012? How do you plan to achieve that goal?
LCW: I will definitely try my best to achieve the best result in any tournament. The only way to achieve better result is through hard work. No short cut.
KVA: How does it feel to be a national hero and celebrity?
LCW: Actually, I don’t consider myself a hero or a celebrity. It’s very clear to me that I’m still a badminton player. No matter what, my focus is only on badminton. Not on fame. So I really don’t think about these things.
KVA: How does it feel to be the world’s number one player?
LCW: I can feel some pressure at the beginning but I believe I have adjusted in quite a short period by reminding myself not to think about the position. The most important thing that I should focus on is to improve my skills.
KVA: To what or to whom do you attribute your success?
LCW: I will not be successful without the love and support of my family members, my loved one, my best friend and all my coaches especially Dato Misbun Sidek. Of course I will not forget my badminton supporters who root for me every game.
KVA: Can you tell us your usual day?
LCW: I start my day with training at 6 am and I finish at 11am. After that, I take lunch and break until 3pm. Then I am back to training from 3pm to 6pm. After 6pm, that’s when I do my other activities or I simply relax. I usually sleep at 10:30pm.
KVA: Aside from badminton, what other things do you enjoy?
LCW: Actually I don’t have much time beside training & tournaments. So I spend most of my time with my family & friends since I don’t have much time to spare with them during my training. If I have a longer vacation, I love to travel and eat.
KVA: Badminton fans would like to know about you and Wong Mew Choo. How did it start and when?
LCW: We knew each other since we were classmates in Badminton School. We then become very close because of our many school activities. We are together for more than 6 years. (Wong Mew Choo is Malaysia’s number 1 badminton ladies singles player. She is Lee Chong Wei’s girlfriend. -EIC)
KVA: Is it hard to have a professional badminton player as a girlfriend? Or do you help in each other’s games? Do you train together?
LCW: I don’t think it’s hard. We love each other regardless of our profession. Although we train under the same coach, we seldom train together. Our coach has different programs for male & female badminton players.
KVA: What do you do together for fun?
LCW: We love to travel and look for good food.
KVA: After competitive badminton, what do you plan to do?
LCW: I’m doing some business related to IT products. I will continue doing that and hopefully be successful.
KVA: What are your plans and goals for 2009?
LCW: I will continue to train hard to improve my badminton skills.
KVA: What is your message to Filipino badminton fans?
LCW: My heartiest thank you for supporting badminton and for watching our games. I hope to see you all soon.
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