Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia
He's nowhere near retirement as far as we can officially tell, but it's been a worrying issue for ardent Malaysian badminton fans who adore their World No.1 shuttler and have enjoyed the privilege of supporting him over the years. Especially with his accumulating injuries of late.
Lee Chong Wei is a rare and magnificent talent. One that's never easy to come by no matter what part of the world you might be from. Which has its pros and cons; great that we have him, not so great when he retires.
Media reports and Chong Wei himself have hinted at his possibly retirement. Some say he might call it a day after the 2012 Olympics, some say he might do so after the World Championships next year.
Speculation aside and as injuries amount, the inevitable fact is that, one day, not too long from now, Chong Wei will have to hang up his racquet and will no longer be available for us to throw our support behind.
When this does happen, the onus would then turn to another Malaysian shuttler to pick up the torch as Malaysia's finest. The problem seems to be however, that there really doesn't appear to be another Chong Wei in our midst, is there?
The obvious potential torch carriers for now seem to be Darren Liew (World No.28) and Hafiz Hashim (World No.32) to front the line.
But with the Malaysian team failing to impress on the big stage, it's hard to see our nation securing too many trophies without our No.1 Lee Chong Wei on board.
Looking at our typical opponents, they seem to have their futures a little more sorted out than we do at the moment. With Taufik Hidayat already in his prime, the younger Simon Santoso already seems to be proving his worth on the world stage.
At 28, Lin Dan is still within his prime playing years, but China's future seems well taken care of with the awesome duo of Chen Jin (23) and Chen Long (26) already fighting for top honours at every tournament they participate in.
Worrying isn't it?
Right now, it really does seem like the day Chong Wei retires will be as devastating as doomsday, not just for Malaysian badminton fans, but for the entire nation.
Or do you believe that one of our young shuttlers is just around the corner of being able to take on and beat the likes of Lin Dan, Chen Long, Chen Jin, Taufik Hidayat and Simon Santoso?
One important factor is coaches. Malaysian coaches are bunch of jokers. They should also be placed under surveillance and appraisal, too. Don't just blame the players. Their performances are reflective of their coahes' ability and talent to guide them. Year in and year out, the coaches just know how to find excuses for the poor performance of the players. For the Axiata Cup's failure they take Chong Wei as the scape goat; the Olympic factor.
Now, I suggest we must create a multi-level panel of coaches. Demote or expel coaches who don't performance. Promote and treasure coaches who produce winners. Act now. Take off Rashid, Tey, Kim Her (I do not what this joker's credential is), Henry K etc, etc. Take them off right here, right now before we see dilemma in the Olympics. This bunch of jokers will cause more harm than good. BE MORE PROFESSIONAL BAM!!!!!!!! SAVE MALYSIAN BADMINTON!
determination and hard works, thousands of chong wee can be made,flash back 60s,70s and 80s teams,we had several world class players but why now, depend on one?
But we must never give up, as his team partner, we must try to be like him, what are the ways that he use to score the point. what are the skills that he has and we don't have it.
The conclusion is very easy, never give up and keep on trying even if you don't know or you can't. =)
Coach only plays 20 % to ensure success of the player.
The PLAYER itself that determine whether he can become World no.1 .
Must have physical strength & also a strong mind.
No such thing as tired.
Training...training...training and training.
He can become a good couch to the up and coming players. He must have the good heart to improve the junior players game. Only then we can see more players in the same class as Lee Chong Wee. We do have a few players who are tough like Lin Dan. Lin Dan is not in the same class like Rudy Hartano. Our players can take on Lin Dan in time to come. It is all in the mind and body . Train Them.
Now its Datuk Lee Chong Wei's era we are proud to have him rise our flag,when the time comes everyone have to go simply you dont get younger each day many thanks to Datuk Lee Chong Wei for bringing glory to Malaysia.for the moment he should be left alone to recover and prepare for the next tournament.Malaysian badminton will always have champions should the older guards retire from the game its all up to BAM.
This is my empty promise
PLease give me the responsibility to run and guide Malaysia Badminton Team , I really sure it should be better than the badminton player badminton from China.
I begging from u all...plz vote me... because I'm NOt dreaming in the day,
A scene of humor by LKS, Hahahh...hahahahh.. don't dreaming lah luuu....