Lee Chong Wei (left) and Chong Wei Feng sharing a light moment during training session at the Thomas Cup final in India in May. Wei Feng will be up for double duty at the Commonwealth Games in July. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng is excited about entering uncharted waters at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland next month.
The country’s second ranked men’s singles player has also been slated to play in the men’s doubles event. He will team up with Chan Peng Soon as the country’s second pair after Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.
Wei Feng said that he is looking forward to playing a dual role in his Commonwealth Games debut.
“This is the first time I will be playing in the doubles event in an international tournament. I used to play doubles during my junior days but that was a long time ago,” said the 27-year-old.
“The number of players in a team for the Games is limited and as such, some of us have been given double duty. It is good to do something out of the ordinary ... it will be fun.”
Each country is only allowed to register five men and five women for the Games.
Malaysia have named world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, Wei Feng, V Shem-Wee Kiong and Peng Soon in the men’s team and Tee Jing Yi, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Lai Pei Jing and Lim Yin Loo in the women’s team.
Wei Feng however, said that he would not make the mistake of putting too much emphasis on the doubles and neglect the singles.
“Peng Soon and I will try to complement well in the doubles event but we will not lose sleep if we do not do well. For me, the singles event will still be my main priority,” he said.
“I am hoping to go all the way to the singles final. It will be great if Chong Wei and I can make it a one-two finish for Malaysia at the Games,” added Wei Feng.
It should be no problem for Chong Wei to defend his singles gold medal but Wei Feng will have to keep an eye on threats from improved players from India and England if he wants to make it an all-Malaysian final.
At the last Games in India, Malaysia won a total of four gold medals through Chong Wei (men’s singles), Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (men’s doubles), Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui (mixed doubles) and the mixed team.