PETALING JAYA: “This one is for you, Malaysia.”
These were the words of Malaysian badminton hero Lee Chong Wei during a heart to heart chat via phone with sports blogger Satwant Singh Dhaliwal.
During the phone interview, Lee spoke of his excruciating experience in the semi-final match against China’s Lin Dan last night, who Lee has struggled with in the past.
“It was to me a fantastic match against Lin Dan and the pressure was tremendous that I just let it out after the match. I just could not control my emotions as I carried on my shoulders the burden of an entire nation. Frankly I feel relieved after that and now I feel much lighter after making the final.
“Lin Dan was gracious in defeat and wished me well for the final, a true champion he gave me a hug and said that I deserved the win,” Lee told the blogger.
He also lauded the other Malaysian finalists who received silver medals in the Games, saying that he knew the feeling only too well.
“Well, we all are sad that we did not get gold from that two events but I salute the pairs for making the final. It was just not meant to be and having been there twice I know how gut-wrenching it is,” said Lee.
Lee faces China’s Chen Long tonight for the gold in badminton.
“The planning started four years ago after my defeat at Wembley in the 2012 Olympic Final and this is it as far as I am concerned.
“I will give it my very best and I know that every Malaysian will be rooting for me, I promise not to let you down.
“I have tasted defeat twice before and this time I want the gold, not for me, not for my family, not for badminton but for every Malaysian.
“Let’s pray that this time things will be different and we get to hear the “Negaraku” being played for the first time at the Olympics.
“This one is for you Malaysia.”