A true underdog of our homeland, Lee Chong Wei is truly an unexceptionally hero of Malaysia, battling with players around the continent in claiming the status to be the best badminton player in the world. Chong Wei has won multiple championships around the world, from England and China Open to World Championships and the grand Olympic Games. Let’s take a peek in the life and successes of our national hero.
1) Becoming A “Dato”
His long-list of accomplishments have won him the titular award of “Dato” for being a national hero of Malaysia.
2) He’s Married To His Former Teammate
After 11 years of courtship, Lee married his former teammate, Wong Mew Choo, and their marriage was held on 9 November 2012. The couple have two children, Kingston and Terrance.
3) He’s In His Mid-30s Now
His resiliency is no doubt unchallenged, striving to remain strong till this very day as he set to turn 34 this year, in fighting for the name of our home land.
4) Staggering Record of Championships
Lee has started to train for badminton since the age of 11, having an approximate 64 championships won throughout his career, winning the silver medal in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as well as gold medal in the Commonwealth games, making it such a tremendous record.
5) Rivalry With Lin Dan
Of course, who wouldn’t know the intense of rivalry Chong Wei and his arch nemesis Lin Dan? The two has battling over various tournaments and championships all around the world, all to prove who is the better man in the world of pro badminton. Although coming up short behind Lin Dan in most of their competition, Chong Wei still remained as the people’s champion in us Malaysian hearts. It was always a magnificent sight when the two crosses paths, each with their own unique skills showcasing one of the many best matches in the world. Lee and Lin Dan maybe nemesis on court, but they developed a mutual respect for each other and bonding a great friendship in backstage.
It is not known how long would he be pushing on in his career, so let’s just enjoy our Malaysian warrior for now, show our full support and back him up for the future tournaments he will be in. Godspeed, Dato Lee!