i'm as patriotic as the next guy & i do so want lee chong wei to win malaysia's 1st ever gold medal at the olympics but......
there's just too many unnecessary distractions to that cause, the biggest being the immense financial rewards promised for the feat. this includes the prize money, pension for life, a block of solid gold (valued at rm2.5m) & probably a host of others offered by his sponsors.
now, the PM's wife is making a special trip to london just to lend support for the realisation of the malaysian dream.
i have no doubt chong wei is one of malaysia's true sportmen whose professionalism & commitment to the game is beyond doubt, but he is human & all these pressure will play on his mind.
i have reservations but i hope he proves me wrong.
i hope he plays for the gold medal, not the bullion.
in any case, he's a national hero already, being the only sportsman to win medals in consecutive olympics.
go, chong wei!!
(our doubles pair has consistently disappointed us, this time by faltering in the semi-finals)