GEORGE TOWN: Stop whining and start winning.
That’s what Chong Wei Feng should be doing as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have given him more than enough chances to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
And he can start by producing the goods at the Malaysian Masters at the Spice Arena in Relau, Penang.
“I’m not sure if there has been a miscommunication, but I think Wei Feng is not right with his assumption that we’ve not given him enough tournaments to qualify for the Olympic Games,” said BAM technical director Morten Frost.
Wei Feng is clearly disappointed at what he perceives as being overlooked for the Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad from Feb 15-21, a tournament that offers Olympic qualifying points.
He had also missed the US Open, US International and the Mexico Open.
World No. 41 Wei Feng has to move into the top 16 in the world by the end of April to qualify for the Rio Games.
“He has played in 16 tournaments over the last one year. Besides the ongoing Malaysian Masters, he will also be taking part in the India Open GP Gold, All-England, Malaysian Open, Singapore Open, India Open and ABC (Asian Badminton Championships) ... that is a total of seven more tournaments before the Olympic qualifying period ends,” said Frost.
“He has to go out there and take it. It is tournaments like this Malaysian Masters, next week’s India Open and the All-England that he has to win the points ... not at the Thomas Cup qualifiers.
“I think we have been reasonable and given him a fair chance. We have not taken anything away from him. We even sent him to the Russian Open (Wei Feng lost in the quarter-finals).
“This is not a challenge. I just want to encourage him to start picking up points ... focus on the tournaments ahead of him.”
In the Malaysian Masters, the 28-year-old Wei Feng will face second seed K. Srikanth of India in the men’s singles first round on Wednesday.
Frost is counting on world No. 5 Lee Chong Wei to deliver a title in his home state.
Top seed Chong Wei, who meets Fikri Ihsandi Hadmadi of Indonesia in the first round, has never won a major tournament in Penang.
The other Malaysians expected to shine in the first international tournament of the year are top men’s doubles players Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Tee Jing Yi, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.