OLYMPICS 2008 – Chong Wei gets Hero’s Welcome

Lee Chong Wei may have lost tamely his final of the Olympics but his return to Malaysia is similar to the one he would have had if he had grabbed […]

Lee Chong Wei may have lost tamely his final of the but his return to Malaysia is similar to the one he would have had if he had grabbed gold. He is still bringing home Malaysia’s only medal from the Games.

By Raphael Sachetat. Photo: Badmintonphoto

He didn’t do so well in the final, but Lee Chong Wei still remains Malaysia’s Hero. He came back to his home country and got the honors he deserved, being welcomed by top officials and government top figures.

The Malaysian ended a 12-year title medal drought in badminton for his country and grabbed an historical silver medal in the men’s singles event. He was awarded, on top of his RM300,000 cheque (US$127,000), a lifetime monthly pension of RM 3,000 (around US$1,200) which took everyone by surprise.

The Malaysian told the local press that he would now focus on the upcoming World Championships next August, to be played in India (most likely in Hyderabad instead of New Delhi as expected). Lee Chong Wei will be featured in next month’s Yonex Japan Open.

The Malaysian wonder is now the world’s number one in the recent BWF ranking.

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Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.