BWF has its reasons for inducting Chong Wei into hall of fame, says Yeoh

Badminton legends Chong Wei (left) and Lin Dan.

BALIK PULAU: The Youth and Sports Ministry believes that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has strong reasons for giving recognition to the ex-national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh said that Chong Wei's induction into the 2023 BWF Hall of Fame was also based on the federation's data and statistics.

"I was there when he (Chong Wei) received the award and the recognition with Lin Dan. If we look at the data and statistics, I believe the BWF had strong reasons before it gave the recognition.

"Besides, we are really proud of Lee Chong Wei's achievements," she told reporters after flagging off the Balik Pulau Half Marathon 2023 participants at the Balik Pulau Sports Complex on Sunday (June 4).

Hannah said this when asked to comment on former Indonesian badminton champion Taufik Hidayat's statement on social media, who questioned Chong Wei's induction into the Hall of Fame along with China's Lin Dan.

In the video, Taufik said Lin Dan was more deserving and questioned why Chong Wei was included.

On May 26, Chong Wei and Lin Dan were inducted into the BWF Badminton Hall of Fame for their achievements and contributions to the sport by being among the most influential and transformative players throughout their careers.

Chong Wei's dominance in the badminton arena saw him win 47 Super Series or BWF World Tour titles during his 19 years of involvement and hold the world No 1 for 349 weeks.

The 41-year-old Chong Wei is Malaysia's most successful badminton athlete, with three Olympic silver medals in 2008 Beijing, 2018 London and 2016 Rio editions. He was runner-up in three World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Earlier, a total of 4,000 participants from 24 countries participated in the half-marathon. – Bernama

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