Friday, April 18, 2014

Chong Wei gets his wish


LEE Chong Wei is taking his badminton longevity seriously as the World No 1’s request for a full-time physiotherapist has been granted by the Sports ministry.
The 31-year-old has ruled out retirement and will continue playing until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

With a dedicated physiotherapist travelling with Chong Wei full-time, the shuttler hopes he will remain injury-free leading up to the event.

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Chong Wei made the request when he met the shuttler at the Sepang Circuit during the recent Petronas Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix.

“I asked Chong Wei what he wanted at the Sepang Circuit ... he requested for a full-time physiotherapist.

“I have instructed National Sports Institute chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz to assign a dedicated physiotherapist to the shuttler,” said Khairy after launching the Women@Work Forum at Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“We can’t treat Chong Wei and squash player Nicol David like any other athlete.
“They are World No 1s in their respective fields and must be treated like world champions.
“We have to provide them the assistance to maintain form.”

Chong Wei has been in near-perfect form this season, winning the Malaysian Open, All England and India Open.

The Penang-born was runner-up in the season opening Korea Open and last week’s Singapore Open.
The Malaysian has emerged as a title contender in this year’s World Championships in Copenhagen and Incheon Asian Games following his back-to-back wins over his nemesis Chen Long of China.

He is also a firm favourite to retain his singles gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

In next month’s Thomas Cup, Chong Wei faces a difficult task motivating the national team, regarded as the weakest in recent times, in New Delhi.

Malaysia are in Group C with South Korea, Germany and India.



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By AJITPAL SINGH | ajitpalsingh@nst.com.my

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