PETALING JAYA: Family members watched in suspense as national shuttler Chan Peng Soon (pic) forged his way to victory with his mixed doubles partner at the semi-final of Rio 2016.
Wife Ester Cham May May, 32, said it had always been Chan’s dream to achieve Olympic glory.
“And now it’s only one match away! So close yet so far!” she exclaimed when contacted.
Cham, who was a singer with a local band named Da.Mon.Ster, said family and friends had been religiously following Chan’s progress over the years but were now fervently hoping that his sporting career would culminate with a highly coveted gold at the Olympics.
However, they do not want to give him undue pressure.
“We will continue to support him no matter what medal he brings back. As long as he has tried his best, we will all be very proud of him.
“But fingers crossed ... hoping we will be celebrating our nation’s first gold medal!” said Cham.
The couple tied the knot in September 2010 and are now the parents of a five-year-old son and a daughter aged one.
Yesterday evening, Chan, 28, thanked the public for their well wishes on his Facebook page: “I understand everyone is very concerned, but the match is not over just yet. Let us enjoy the match thoroughly. Thank you, everyone.”