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PETALING JAYA: With the Tokyo Olympics in August looming as the biggest sporting mission for Malaysian athletes, this will be a year of reckoning for singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia and doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.
SEPANG: About 200 family members and supporters showed up at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to welcome the return of the Thomas and Uber Cup teams.
PETALING JAYA: Although the Thomas Cup remains outside Malaysia’s grasp, tributes still flowed for the gallant Malaysian team, particularly captain Liew Daren.
PETALING JAYA: Although he failed to capitalise on the opportunity when it mattered most, Liew Daren is undaunted by the painful setback in his career.
PETALING JAYA: Politicians from both sides of the divide took to Twitter immediately after the game, congratulating the Malaysian team on a battle well fought.
Malaysia failed in its quest to bring back the Thomas Cup after a 22-year wait. The team lost 2-3 to Japan in the final at New Delhi in one of the most keenly contested finals of the Cup.
Lee Chong Wei gave Malaysia a winning start in the quest to recapture the prestigious Thomas Cup by winning the first game against Japan. The second game, however, went to Japan in a three-set thriller.
TWO Kedah shuttlers qualified for the finals of the Maybank National Circuit Grand Prix but failed to win their respective crowns at the Kedah BA hall in Jalan Suka Menanti.
Datuk Lee Chong Wei wants another shot at Olympic gold — if he is physically up to it in four years at the Rio Games. For now, though, his focus is on the 2013 World Championships, the 29-year-old said at a rousing homecoming at the KLIA.
IT may have only been a silver medal, but you would not have guessed it judging by the electrifying reception national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei received upon arrival at KLIA.