Wei Chong to put friendship aside in medal quest

PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Man Wei Chong wants to bring home a medal for Selangor, even if it means having to defeat his national teammate and doubles partner Chen Tang Jie.

The 19-year-old, who forms a formidable partnership with Tang Jie of Negri Sembilan, recorded their best ever results at the Spanish Masters in Barcelona earlier this month.

They stormed into the semi-finals after beating Denmark’s Frederik Colberg-Joachim Fischer Nielsen 21-15, 17-21, 21-15.

This was after they stunned fourth seeds Jones Ralfy Jansen-Josche Zurwonne of Germany in the second round 21-16,14-21, 21-17.

But come the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak, Wei Chong is ready to temporarily put his partnership with Tang Jie aside to win for his state.

“I think I will play against him maybe in the men’s doubles or mixed doubles, but wherever it is, we will play all out and try to defeat each other as part of the competition,” said Wei Chong.

“I think it won’t be too hard having to part with Tang Jie for a while, because every partner we play with has his strong points and each individual can play well.”

For Sukma, Wei Chong will be paired with Low Hang Yee.

The two partnered each other in February in the Australian Open, where they made it into the second round.

And he is confident that his pairing with Hang Yee will come to fruition as he targets the gold in the men’s doubles.

He will also form a strong partnership with his national teammate Teoh Mei Xing for the mixed doubles.

Together, they made it to the quarter-finals of the Indonesia International Series in April.

“I have partnered with them before at international tournaments, they are very good players and I trust our partnership will bring about good results.”

Wei Chong , Sukma