King can’t rule yet

Lesson learnt: Lim Chong King believes that despite his poor show in the BAM Mixed Team Championships, he has gained in terms of experience.

PETALING JAYA: There’s a King in his name and he was fancied to play a leading role in the Dominators team in the recent BAM Mixed Team Championships.

But Lim Chong King felt far from dominant in the competition, winning only one of three matches he played.

He came out tops against the Avengers’ Shaqeem Eiman Shahyar but was overpowered by Terminators’ Lee Shun Yang and Transformers’ Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin.

For a young shuttler touted to be a potential successor to Lee Chong Wei, the 20-year-old Chong King – ranked 160th in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings – gave a harsh verdict on his display. He only rated his performance as five out of 10.

“The rating aside, the championship taught me some valuable lessons for the future, ” said Chong King.

“It gave me a sense of how to control my emotions, and when I’m leading in a match, I can’t make hurried decisions. This will help me tremendously in future competitions.”

The Avengers, led by national men’s doubles ace Soh Wooi Yik, were crowned champions after edging Lee Zii Jia’s Terminators 6-5.

The championship has whetted Chong King’s appetite for more competitive action and he is keeping himself mentally active by assessing his game and ratifying his weaknesses.

“The daily training is an opportunity to work on my weaknesses. I just hope this pandemic will end soon and life returns to normal.

“When that happens, I can set clear goals.”

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