KUALA LUMPUR: It’s certainly not easy being Chan Peng Soon, having to juggle between his family and badminton career.
The 31-year-old mixed doubles ace is not just fighting hard to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, but has revealed that he and his wife Cham May May are expecting their fourth child - likely to be a girl, in May!
The couple already have three children - Milton, eight years old, Hannah (4) and Julian (1).
“I’m following in the footsteps of my idol David Beckham! He is a father of four kids, so am I, soon!” joked Peng Soon, who’s clearly in a jovial mood.
“My wife and I initially planned to have just two but she was open to having three. But the fourth was a surprise.
“So my life is going to be busy than ever. I have to train and at the same time take care of my family.
“Unless I travel for tournaments, my routine is just like any father. I send my kids to school, then go for my two training sessions and then spend whatever time I have with my wife and kids.
“To be honest, 24 hours aren’t enough for me. So the next few months are going to be tough for me.
“If I’m abroad, I’ll surely worry about my expecting wife needing to handle our three young kids as well, although we did hire a maid to help out at home.”
Meanwhile, Peng Soon has also given a reassuring update about his recent health scare, saying that he’s no longer affected by facial paralysis or what is known as Bell’s Palsy.
Peng Soon suffered facial paralysis on the left side on the eve of the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China, last month.
He could not shut his left eye and the condition also caused stiffness on his face. Still, he defied the odds to complete all the three group fixtures.
“I have recovered almost 80% after three weeks of treatment. To recover fully will take some time, but I’m feeling fine now.
“Each time after exerting myself in training, I’ll still feel numb on one side of my face but it will eventually heal on its own. It doesn’t bother me however.”
Peng Soon and his partner Liu Ying will be facing a qualifier in the first round and most likely, it’s going to be a tough one against South Korea’s Choi Sol-gyu-Shin Sheung-chan.
Should they advance, the world No. 6 will likely face Taiwan’s Wang Chi-lin-Cheng Chi-ya, with a quarter-final meeting against fourth seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand on the cards.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying made it to the semi-finals last year before going down to Japan’s Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino.