KUALA LUMPUR: Cham May May believes that her husband Chan Peng Soon will return from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with the mixed doubles gold medal.
Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying have already assured themselves of at least the silver medal after making it to the final by disposing the world’s best mixed doubles pair Xu Chen-Ma Jin of China 21-12, 21-19 in the semi-finals.
The Malaysian pair will meet Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in the final on Wednesday.
“I’m very proud that my husband has managed to reach the final of the mixed doubles competition in Rio.
“It has always been his dream to achieve Olympic glory and now he is only one match away. Fingers crossed, tomorrow (today) we will be celebrating our nation’s first gold medal.
“We are all supporting him no matter what medal he brings back.
“As long as he tries his best, we are all very proud of him,” May May said on Tuesday.
Peng Soon and May May have two children – son Milton Chan and daughter Hannah Chan.
A further incentive for the pair to go for gold came from Mobile Virtual Network Operator, XOX Bhd who announced a RM100,000 reward for the duo if they win the nation’s first ever Olympic gold medal.
XOX Bhd group managing director Datuk Eddie Chai said: “Peng Soon and Liu Ying are doing the nation proud. XOX wants to invite all Malaysians to provide spiritual and emotional support to these national sporting heroes. On behalf of XOX Bhd, we will be giving the pair RM100,000 should they strike gold for the nation. – Bernama