Chong Wei provides badminton squad the thumbs up for successful gold in Birmingham

The Malaysia crew pose with their gold medals through the medal presentation ceremony for the Blended Staff Gold Medal badminton match on day 5 of the Commonwealth Video games on the NEC Area in Birmingham, central England, August 2, 2022. — AFP pic

Wednesday, 03 Aug 2022 5:50 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — Malaysian badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei gave the thumbs as much as the badminton squad that wrested the Commonwealth Video games gold medal from defending champion India within the ultimate of the blended crew occasion.

The previous world primary who had bagged quite a few titles all through his illustrious profession, together with three silver medals within the Olympics, mentioned he was mesmerised by the performances of the younger gamers who showcased quite a lot of maturity and dedication through the competitors.

Chong Wei mentioned the 3-1 win over India in Birmingham would supply a serious increase to the nation’s confidence at main video games within the coming years.

“Everybody performed exceptionally nicely. It’s a good begin for the younger crew. We misplaced to India 4 years in the past however managed to wrest the title within the second greatest video games after the Olympics. Extra importantly, the Jalur Gemilang was hoisted and the Negaraku might be heard,” he instructed Bernama when contacted right here at this time.

On the 2018 version held on the Gold Coast, Australia, the Malaysian blended crew which included Chong Wei, suffered an sudden 1-3 to India though Malaysia had earlier than that gained gold medals at three earlier consecutive editions.

Chong Wei mentioned selecting Ng Tze Yong as the primary singles participant to switch Lee Zii Jia in Birmingham was the proper determination as he performed a really decided sport to repay that confidence.

“Tze Yong displayed an aggressive sport and was in prime type as a result of beating Kidambi Srikanth, the previous world primary just isn’t simple…he should now use the expertise and keep centered to face the challenges in different huge tournaments.

“The followers nonetheless should give him some house as a result of he can’t win on a regular basis. There might be occasions when gamers lose. We should perceive that badminton gamers will undergo a step-by-step course of when competing in tournaments,” he mentioned.

Within the ultimate in opposition to Srikanth, Tze Yong who’s ranked forty second on the planet, overcame the Indian 21-19, 6-21, 21-16 to offer Malaysia the second level. Chong Wei additionally gave credit score to Goh Jin Wei for placing up a preventing show in opposition to former world primary Pusarla V. Sidhu, earlier than dropping 20-22, 17-21.

Malaysia’s first level was earned by Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik who edged Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 21-18, 21-15 within the males’s doubles whereas Pearly Tan and M. Thinaah teamed as much as clinch the successful level with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Puella.

With the win yesterday in Birmingham, Malaysia turns into the nation with the best variety of gold medals from the blended crew occasion after having gained in Melbourne 2006, New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. — Bernama

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