Like I said before, I’m not a fan of Olympic. And certainly not a fan of badminton. But somehow, I feel, this guy is worth writing about, because as much as I don’t like badminton, this fella has brought together Malaysians of different races and cultures to root for our country, united as one.
29 year old Datuk Lee Chong Wei made Malaysia a proud country despite not winning the gold medal for the Olympic Badminton Men’s Single. He fought his way through to the finals, where he faced his most popular rival, China’s Lin Dan. It’s like the 2008 Beijing Olympics all over again, EXCEPT that this time, Datuk Lee Chong Wei played a really good game, giving his all. I remembered his 2008 Olympics Badminton Men’s Singles Finals against Lin Dan. I presumed it must be due to the stress to win Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal, that made him play a bad game. Think he lost his spirit to fight somewhere during the first round, sealing the defeat at 12-21 and 8-21 to China’s Lin Dan. Even those of us who watched the match didn’t hope much 15-20 minutes into the game, at that time.
But this time, 4 years later, Datuk Lee Chong Wei made Malaysians proud. If I may say so, maybe luck just was not with him this time.
A 21-15, 10-21 and 19-21 defeat to world number 1, Lin Dan, just proves that he gave his all, and did his best. He may have lost the match, yes, but in my opinion, he already won and surpassed his old self who seem to have given up halfway through the game 4 years ago. And based on that alone, I can safely say, it is a good accomplishment. Even with the weight of every Malaysian’s hopes to obtain the first Olympic gold medal for Malaysia, on his shoulder, this man fought his way to the very end, losing by only a very slim margin.
So it came as no surprise when this time, after the defeat, people started posting “We’re proud of you, Lee Chong Wei” or “Job well done, Datuk!” or “Even though we lost, you did great, Datuk Lee Chong Wei” or many other quotes that are along the same line, as opposed to those of the “It’s okay. Nevermind. There’s still the next Olympics” posts 4 years ago.
As for Datuk Lee Chong Wei, he did a great job, and Malaysia as a whole is extremely proud of him.Here’s one for the man who got Malaysia its first medal in the London Olympics 2012.
Here’s one for the man who defeated his old self and rise up better than before.
And more importantly, here’s one for the man who brought all Malaysians united together on the night of 5th August 2012.