Chong Wei won the All England

FInally, after a long long period, a peice of good news for the Malaysian sports scene.

Lee Chong Wei won the All England, the most prestigeous badminton title in the world.

I want to join all Malaysians to say “syabas” and Congratulations to him.

Years of training and hard work has finally paid dividend for him and his family.

Badminton is the only sports that is holding its ground. Malaysian Hockey used to be world beaters, and now is a pale shadow of its former self. Football used to be among the top in Asia, and while other Asian teams have made great strides, we are now among the last in Asia.

I used to follow our football and hockey teams, but nowadays, with the general loss of excellence in sports, the only sports that i paid attention is badminton. (Squash is also an exception, of course but i have no interest in squash).

Once again, well done, Lee Chong Wei!


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clearwater
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 15:18:58

    In team sports such as in football or hockey where Malaysia used to hold its own by world standards, the nation is now an unmitigated disaster. It is no coincidence that the decline coincided with the rise of excessive politicking in their respective sports bodies.

    In more individual racket sports such as badminton or squash, the ill effects of meddlesome officials has lesser impact on the sports person and talent can still shine through the gloom by dint of individual effort. You can find 1 or 2 consistent world quality sports persons once in a while but a whole team of world beaters is a totally different proposition.

    Much like Malaysia the nation. Turned into a disaster by her selfish politicians. Only thing is, Malaysia is a team effort. And ranked as world losers, much like her football and hockey teams. Who will come to save Team Malaysia?


  2. Dr Hsu
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 15:28:55


    What an insightful comment. I agree with u totally, politicking is the reasons of decline of team sports.


  3. klm
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 16:17:36

    Jolly good show. This is a good year for Lee Chong Wei.

    I agree with clearwater. In games that depend on individual excellence, the world beater will still shine, in spite of the political mess. It is pure merit. Either you have it or you dont. One cannot ride on another person’s talent.


  4. JDsg
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 16:21:04

    One of the sports I enjoy watching on TV is competitive bicycling. Malaysian cyclists have done well in the past in indoor velodrome racing (in which riders race around a steep oval wooden track), including at the world championships. I was pleased to hear a few weeks ago that Malaysian officials were going to push forward with training cyclists in road racing, which is very popular worldwide. I hope we will begin to see an impact by Malaysian cyclists in the professional road racing circuits within the next few years.


  5. lowxinpui
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 16:40:24

    Do not forget the women squash player Nicole Davids. She is another example. If not a very consistent one.

    Also hail from Penang!


  6. clearwater
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 16:43:27

    What I would really like to see in my lifetime is a Malaysian make it in the big money professional sports such as golf or tennis with its world wide following. That will be great motivation for others to follow to put Malaysia on the sports map.

    Vijay Singh from tiny Fiji is a big name in golf (his wife is Malaysian) and shows what can be done with talent and perseverance. The legion of Korean ladies on the US pro circuit boggles the mind. Li Na from China is also making her way in tennis. Badminton and squash are just niche sports with a limited following and not lucrative.


    Mar 15, 2010 @ 17:37:05

    Hi, I play badminton and i hope to represent my country, France, may be in 2 years i will do it, prey for me please 😀


  8. Meng
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 19:21:08

    Dr is it true???

    I was engaged in a conversation with a few guy and a remark was passed that badminton and hockey players have better IQ than footballers. You find meters readers, parking attendant from footballers and professional in both hockey and badminton players??????

    Just curious on the remarks.


  9. klm
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 22:20:01

    What about the 1Malaysia F1 in Bahrain? Last and second last still call for champagne celebration, which by the way is non halal.


  10. Dr Hsu
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 22:31:39

    In individual games like ping pong, racket games like badminton, self motivation and meritocracy, as mentioned by some readers here, are the requsite for a player to do well. How many hours of training, hard work, tears sweats and toils. Even if there is less support from the authority, they can still make it if they have the self motivation and family support.

    Team work depends on selections of players to make up the team. This is where favouritism and selective preference may come in. That means lot of politics. Team going pro will get lots of money, and even before the players have achieved champion standard, they are already treated like kings.

    For team sports to do well, we must do away with all the politics and favouritism, and of course players should be rewarded ONLY when they have shown results…like the badminton players.


  11. Meng
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 02:38:57

    Doc, swimming too…. It is all hard work and sweat. Unfortunately in swimming there is no favouritism but individual winners are bought to give way to the second best. If not bought they are out manoeuvred to make way on the excuse that the guy is not following the trainig schedule, late for training and not following advice..etc. Speaking through experience.

    Well any swimming official out there would like to challenge this?


  12. Chauncey Gardener
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 05:17:26

    Malaysia’s recent sports success on the global platform is unfortunately in the non-team games such as

    a) badminton
    b) squash
    c) cycling
    d) wushu
    e) lawn bowls
    f) bowling

    all of which are the so-called minor sports which one has to scan sports websites to find any mention of them.

    Team games requires team work and not flashing more and more money in front of the sports associations. It is a sad reflection when Malaysians know more about EPL football players than their own home grown ones. But then, the media is not wrong to promote a product that sells to the audience.


  13. ahoo
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 18:30:18

    The moment politics gets into BAM, kaboon the game will suffer and we can kiss goodbye to the world’s title. Politicians who know nuts about game will cause more trouble than good. So keep off the courts and we will continue to see champoins being made from game with individual talents.

    Cheers, Datuk Lee Chong Wei and you continue to bring glory to this nation in your quest for more titles.


  14. ong
    Mar 17, 2010 @ 11:44:23

    You wrote that Nicole Davids “ another example. If not a very consistent one”. I am afraid that if Nicole Davids is any more consistent than she already is, then the world of international squash will become extremely boring. In the last few years she has won well over 90% of her matches and about 80% of tournaments she took part in. On top of that she did not take part in mickey mouse competitions! How much more consistent can a sportsperson get? I hope you are not expecting her, or for that matter anyone else, to win 100% of their matches at international level competitions!

    (editor: I think low means that she is a very consistent one)


  15. Liew
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 13:37:26

    Actually the last point should have gone against Chong Wei. From the live broadcast slow motion replay, everybody can see that the shuttle went out. However the umpire called it in and gave Chong Wei then winning point


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