KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 2016 : Despite failing to win the first gold in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei continued to receive praises from the country’s cabinet members who were proud of his
achievements to win silver after losing to China’s Chen Long.
The country’s leaders expressed their pride in their own social networking site including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, himself.
“An excellent game @LeeChongWei! No matter what the color of the medal, you are our hero! Congratulations!,” said Najib in his Twitter page.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also congratulated Chong Wei and the entire team who has fought in the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
“An additional medal for Msia. Congratulations @LeeChongWei you have done your best. Congratulations all #TeamMalaysia at # Rio2016 #Malaysia Boleh,” he said.
Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin described this year’s Olympic campaign as the best and all athletes had done well for their country.
“Our athletes have done the nation proud. Best ever Olympic campaign. I’m proud of them.”
“Now we plan for Tokyo 2020. We begin today,” he said.
Khairy through his Twitter profile also expressed his gratitude to the former Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek who started the “Road to Rio” programme, four years ago that led to the country’s success at the
game this time.
Also giving positive comment was Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, who tweeted: “Congratulations Dato@LeeChongWei. A very tight fight and extraordinary sportsmanship displayed. Good
job and TQ for giving us your best!. ”
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein also did not miss his chance to congratulate Chong Wei, and described the match as amazing.
“Incredible – It was just not to be! @LeeChongWei still my hero,” he said.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Azalina Othman Said said, Chong Wei remains a Malaysian hero and described his silver medal as being a ‘gold’ to the country.
“Datuk @LeeChongWei remains our hero. Although it was the silver medal that was draped on him, he remains the ‘gold’ to us all,” she said.
Chong Wei lost 21-18, 21-18 to Chinese world number two, Chen Long in the 76-minute match, in the men’s singles final at Rio de Janeiro, here today. – Bernama