Lee Chong Wei aims for record fifth Olympics in Tokyo


  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Aug 2017

Lee (fourth from right) and MCA leaders waving the national flag at the gathering in Petaling Street

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Lee Chong Wei aims to take part in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and in the process achieve a historic fete by competing in five Olympics.

He said he would compete in Tokyo even if his nemesis, Chinese shuttler Lin Dan, does not take part.

"I want to make history. If I compete in the Tokyo Olympics, it would be my fifth Olympics," Lee said during a Q&A session at the gathering of young Malaysians organised by MCA Youth at Petaling Street on Friday.

When the emcee first posed the question on whether he would compete in Tokyo, Lee, 34, said he was undecided.

But prompted by the emcee if he would take part without Lin Dan, Lee answered in the affirmative.

"Yes," Lee said to loud applause from the crowd of about 10,000 people.

After winning his third straight silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, Lee had been non-committal about participating in the sport until 2020.

Olympic mixed double silver medalist Goh Liu Ying shared the stage with Lee during the Q&A.

Earlier, MCA leaders including president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, secretary general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and national youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon launched the gathering together with the two badminton shuttlers.

Prizes were presented to the winners of MCA Youth's inaugural patriotic song competition.

The audience was also entertained with performances including street dancing, 24-festive drum and Chinese opera.

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