THE XXXII Olympiad is barely four months away and once again our hope of obtaining our very first Olympic gold medal lies in badminton (Lee Zii Jia) and cycling (Mohd Azizulhasni Awang).
I am confident that either one or both can deliver the goods based on their current performance. Lee has just won the 2021 All England Open Badminton Championship while Azizulhasni is currently at the top of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) world rankings in sprint.
The hallmark of a true champion lies in the five Ds – Discipline, Diligence, Dedication, Determination and Desire. I strongly believe these two athletes have the first four Ds to be where they are today. But to win gold at the Olympics, one must have great desire to win.
Desire can only come with solid mental preparation, total focus, intense hunger and great confidence.
We can only hope that fresh from his victory at the All England, Lee’s feet are planted firmly on the ground and he will continue to have that insatiable hunger to win even more accolades. Winning the Olympic gold should be his top priority.
Besides, the prize money of RM1mil in cash and RM5,000 monthly pension should be enticing enough for Lee, Azizulhasni and all of our other athletes to aim for gold in Tokyo come July.
RICHARD CHENG ING KWONG
Sri KL International School